A hearse carrying the body of Slobodan Milosevic has arrived at Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport from the forensic institute in the Hague. After spending the night in the airport morgue, the body is expected to be flown to Moscow. It has also been revealed that the former Yugoslav leader’s son Marko Milosevic has written to Russia’s President Putin asking for his father to be buried in Moscow.
Many of Milosevic’s supporters in the former Yugoslavia had wanted him to be buried in Belgrade. Marko Milosevic earlier said that Moscow’s Mayor has given his agreement to his father being interred there. The Russian government has expressed doubts over the official verdict that the ex-leader died of a heart-attack. His widow Mira Markovic had fled to Russia in 2003 to avoid charges of fraud. Belgrade authorities have now agreed to drop the arrest warrant. This follows the deposit of a 15,000 euro bond by her lawyer, as a guarantee that she would appear at a court hearing on 23 March. They have also ordered her passport to be seized when she arrives in her homeland. Ivana Ramic, a spokeswoman for Belgrade Municipal Court, said Mira Marcovic’s bail had been confirmed: “She will not be arrested upon her arrival in the country, and she will be free, let us say, as long as she accepts her appearance before the court.” Mourners in Belgrade continued to pay condolence visits to the Socialist Party Headquarters. There were fears that a massive funeral in Serbia could be used by nationalists to launch an attempted climb back to power.