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Milosevic's Son in Hague to Recover Body; PM Says Funeral Can be in Serbia


The son of former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic has arrived at the Dutch forensic institute to claim his father's body, as questions remain about the former leader's funeral.

Before leaving Moscow for The Hague, Marko Milosevic accused Serbian authorities of seeking to block a Belgrade funeral and said the mayor of the Russian capital had agreed to hold one there.

Meanwhile, Serbia's Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica says the funeral can take place in Belgrade now that a court has suspended an arrest warrant for the former president's widow, Mira Markovic. However, authorities would seize her passport, require a $17,000 bond, and insist she appear before a judge on charges of abuse of power.

Milosevic was found dead in his jail cell in The Hague Saturday. He was on trial for 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 charges 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.