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ICTY knew Milosevic had access to drugs, alcohol: officials

[JURIST] Two anonymous officials at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] said Tuesday that the Tribunal had been informed several times by the ICTY prison warden that former Yugoslav president Slobodan Milosevic [JURIST news archive], found dead in his cell [JURIST report] early Saturday, had unfettered access to any materials brought to him by witnesses and legal advisors as he prepared for trial. The tribunal did not, however, tighten security around the indicted war criminal after the warden raised the possibility of Milosevic using drugs or alcohol in his cell. While full autopsy reports are not yet complete, preliminary autopsy reports [ICTY press release] suggest that a heart attack caused Milosevic's death.

Meanwhile ICTY chief prosecutor Carla De Ponte [BBC profile] suggested in a Tuesday interview [transcript, in French] with French newspaper Le Monde that Milosevic's death may even have been a suicide [VOA report] and that he may have secretly taken medicines to worsen his known heart problems. A Dutch toxicologist suggested Monday that he may have taken unauthorized drugs in an attempt to induce the Hague court [JURIST report] to send him to Moscow for medical treatment. AP has more.

9:44 PM ET - After earlier statements by Milosevic's son that his father would be temporarily buried in Russia, Milosevic lawyer Zdenko Tomanovic has said that burial will take place in Belgrade. BBC News has more.

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