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Serbian Court Decision Could Allow Milosevic Funeral in Belgrade


A Serbian court is expected to decide Tuesday whether to suspend an arrest warrant for Mira Markovic, widow of former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic.

Lifting the warrant would allow her to bury Milosevic in Belgrade. She is wanted in Serbia for abuse of power.

Serbian President Boris Tadic told British television that it is up to the Milosevic family to decide where to hold his funeral. Mr. Tadic has ruled out a state funeral and said he opposes canceling Markovic's arrest order.

The Netherlands has granted Milosevic's son, Marko, a visa to allow him to go to The Hague to retrieve his father's body. He and Markovic have been living in exile in Russia.

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

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

But a Dutch toxicologist said Milosevic had taken a powerful antibiotic 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 Ap and Bloomberg..
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