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ICTY opens Milosevic health records

[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] on Thursday issued an order lifting the confidentiality of its health records for Slobodan Milosevic [JURIST news archive], the former Yugoslav leader accused of war crimes and crimes against humanity who died suddenly [JURIST report] in the ICTY detention facility at Scheveningen on March 11, in the fifth year of his trial.

The final report [PDF] of an internal investigation released Wednesday concluded, consistent with independent findings [JURIST report], that Milosevic died of natural causes [JURIST report] and was not poisoned as some had speculated, although apparently he had self-medicated, worsening his medical condition in hopes that officials would allow him to seek medical care in Russia. The lifting of the confidentiality order in respect of the records had been requested by his son. Reuters has more.

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