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Milosevic's Son Says Authorities Will Not Allow Belgrade Funeral


The son of former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic has arrived in the Netherlands to claim the body, while questions remain about the location of his funeral.

Before his flight from Moscow, Marko Milosevic accused authorities in Belgrade of seeking to avoid having his father's funeral in Serbia and threatening his family. He also said that Moscow's mayor has agreed to hold the funeral in the Russian capital.

Meanwhile, a Serbian court has suspended an arrest warrant for the former Yugoslav president's widow, Mira Markovic, allowing her to attend a funeral in Serbia. However, authorities would seize her passport and require her to appear before a judge if she enters the republic. She is accused of abuse of power.

Milosevic was found dead in his jail cell in The Hague Saturday. He had been on trial on charges of genocide and crimes against humanity stemming from the Balkans wars in the 1990s.

The tribunal Tuesday closed the Milosevic case. Presiding Judge Patrick Robinson noted that while he regrets Milosevic's death, he believes it has deprived all parties of a judgment on the allegations against him.

A preliminary autopsy report says Milosevic died of a heart attack.

But a Dutch toxicologist says Milosevic had taken a powerful antibiotic that is used to treat diseases he did not have. The doctor speculates Milosevic may have been trying to make himself sick to get to Moscow for medical treatment.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.

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