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Serb president blames ICTY for Milosevic death but promises continued cooperation

[JURIST] Serbian President Boris Tadic [personal website in Serbian; Wikipedia profile] Monday blamed the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia [JURIST news archive] for the unexpected death of Slobodan Milosevic [JURIST report] on Saturday, telling the Associated Press that the court should have granted the prisoner's requests to be released to Moscow for treatment of heart problems. The court denied the requests [JURIST report] for fear that Milosevic would not return from Russia and stated that his medical care at the Hague was competent.

Tadic nonetheless said that Serbia would continue cooperating with the court in its pursuit of other indictees, including fugitive Ratko Mladic, and emphasized that he would not void an international arrest warrant [JURIST report] for Milosevic's widow by granting her a pardon if she attended his expected funeral in Belgrade. Mirjana Markovic currently faces corruption charges [BBC report] and is believed to be in Russia, but a district court in Belgrade will reconsider her family's demand for a waiver of her arrest warrant so that she can attend the services. According to test results disclosed Monday [BBC report], the ex-president took antibiotics which neutralized his heart medications, which probably resulted in his fatal heart attack [JURIST report]. AP has more.

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