Slobodan Milosevic is dead

Sometimes I think the best indication of public reaction (or well media reaction) is in the headlines a story gets. Read this and you’ll know what I mean.

From Wikipedia:

” Milošević was found dead in his cell on March 11, 2006 in the UN war crimes tribunal’s detention center in the Scheveningen section of The Hague. An official in the chief prosecutor’s office said that he had been found at about 10 a.m. Saturday and had apparently been dead for several hours.

The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia declared that Milošević had been suffering from heart problems and high blood pressure. Although death was reported early on 11 March, it was officially confirmed at 13.19 CET by the Dutch NOS news agency. His trial had been due to resume on 14 March with testimony from the former president of Montenegro, Momir Bulatović. The tribunal had recently denied his request to travel to Russia for specialist medical treatment. Milosevic planned to appeal against this decision, saying that his condition was worsening.

In October 2004, Pravda.ru suggested that wrong medications had been administered to Milosevic deliberately. Shortly before death, he complained about wrong medical treatment to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. After death from natural causes has been announced by the Socialist Party of Serbia, Milošević’s lawyer, Zdenko Tomanović, demanded that an autopsy be carried out in Russia rather than in the Netherlands. This request was denied by the ICTY. Also, according to Russian gazeta.ru, experts failed to identify the cause of Milosevic’s death. A request for the autopsy in the presence of a Serbian pathologist was granted, and the body was transported to the Dutch Forensic Institute (DFI).

According to the chief U.N. prosecutor Carla Del Ponte, “the death of Slobodan Milosevic deprived victims of justice and made it more urgent to catch and extradite other Balkan leaders implicated in atrocities… You have the choice between normal, natural death and suicide.” Del Ponte concluded that suicide could not be ruled out and declined to comment on speculation that Milosevic may have been poisoned.”