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Serbia court issues new arrest warrant for Milosevic widow

[JURIST] A court in Serbia issued a new international arrest warrant Monday for Mirjana Markovic [BBC profile], the wife of former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic [JURIST news archive]. The court issued the warrant because Markovic on multiple occasions has failed to appear in court [JURIST report] on abuse of power charges in connection to obtaining a flat for the family nanny. The court also seized the bail money that Markovic's lawyers put forth for Markovic to attend Milosevic's funeral in March, though she did not attend the service. The court withdrew a previous outstanding warrant [JURIST report] at the request of the Socialist Party in March for the funeral proceedings, and then reinstated the arrest warrant [JURIST report] shortly after Milosevic's funeral.

Milosevic died from heart failure [JURIST report] March 11 while his genocide and war crimes trial at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia [official website] was in its fifth year. He was the first head of state to ever appear before an international war crimes court. AP has more.

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