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Mourners Line Up to View Milosevic's Coffin


More than 1,000 supporters of former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic have walked past his coffin, paying final respects to the late president.

A large portrait of the former leader was placed Thursday in front of the closed, flag-draped casket at a communist-era museum in Belgrade.

The observances prompted criticism from the museum's director about the use of the cultural institution for political purposes.

Officials with Milosevic's Socialist Party say his coffin will remain on public display until Saturday, when it will be taken to his hometown of Pozarevac. Milosevic will be buried in the yard of his family home.

A top party official, Milorad Vucelic says Milosevic's widow, Mira Markovic, is expected to return to Belgrade from Russia Friday for the funeral. Her expected appearance follows a Serbian court Tuesday suspending an arrest warrant for her on charges of abuse of power.

There will be no official remembrances for Milosevic. Serbian President Boris Tadic has ruled out a state funeral.

Milosevic died of a heart attack last week in his jail cell near The Hague. He was on trial before the United Nations war crimes tribunal for genocide and crimes against humanity stemming from the Balkan wars of the 1990s.

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