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Milosevic feared he was being poisoned: lawyer
March, 11 2005
BELGRADE (Reuters) - Former Yugoslav leader Slobodan Milosevic feared he was being poisoned in his detention cell in The Hague, his lawyer Zdenko Tomanovic said on Saturday hours after the tribunal announced Milosevic's death.
"Today, I have filed an official request to the tribunal to have the autopsy carried out in Moscow, having in mind his claims yesterday that he was being poisoned in the jail," Tomanovic told reporters in The Hague.
Acting on a request from Milosevic, Tomanovic said he had made a request for protection for his client to the Russian embassy in The Netherlands and to the Russian Foreign Ministry in Moscow.
"I demanded protection for Slobodan Milosevic over his claims that he was being poisoned. I still haven't received any reply and that's all I have to say at this time," the lawyer said.
Milosevic conducted his own defense at the war crimes trial. Tomanovic acted as his legal representative in other matters as well as helping him prepare his defense.
By: Cees Banning and Petra de Koning English Translation provided by "R.M" of Amsterdam
The Hague - November 23 (NRC Handelsblad) In the Scheveningen prison Slobodan Milosevic was given the wrong medicine, causing his blood pressure to rise very quickly. This was why at the beginning of this month the trial against the former president of Yugoslavia was suspended. Sources within the tribunal have confirmed this. However a spokesman for the Tribunal denies that mistakes were made. He refuses to discuss the issue further on grounds that "This is about the privacy of the defendant."
This was the fifth time the trial had to be suspended because of Milosevic's ill-health. As a result Judge Richard May of the ICTY has ordered two new medical examinations. Last Monday Milosevic was examined by cardiologist, P. Dijkman and by P. Falke, the doctor of the Scheveningen prison. In addition the judges want a psychiatric report to be produced within a week. 61 year old Milosevic, who is defending himself, suffers from heart troubles and exhaustion. In a previous report Falke observed a 'mental overload' in Milosevic.
Because of his bad health the trial has been seriously delayed. On the basis of the new reports Judge May will decide about the further proceedings of the trial. The tribunal could decide to assign a lawyer to Milosevic. Until now Milosevic has strongly resisted this. The trial was resumed this week.
The 'amicus curiae' Steven Kay and Branislav Tapuskovic have asked to suspend the trial for one year. During this time Milosevic could improve his health, say the 'friends of the court', who have been assigned to ensure a fair trial. Prosecutor Carla del Ponte was furious when she heard about this. According to her Milosevic receives all the medical care he needs in the Scheveningen prison.
The International Committee to Defend Slobodan Milosevic (ICDSM) has sent a letter to the ICTY this week, in which the committee demands an independent medical examination. The former president should be examined by the medical specialists of the Military Medical Academy in Belgrade, who have taken care of his health for years.
Original In Dutch:
Milosevic kreeg verkeerd medicijn Door onze redacteuren Cees Banning en Petra de Koning
DEN HAAG, 23 NOV. (NRC Handelsblad) Slobodan Milosevic heeft in de gevangenis van Scheveningen verkeerde medicijnen gekregen waardoor zijn bloeddruk plotseling sterk was gestegen. Dat was de reden waarom het proces tegen de ex- president van Joegoslavië begin deze maand werd geschorst. Dat bevestigen bronnen in het tribunaal. Een woordvoerder van het tribunaal ontkent dat er fouten zijn gemaakt. Hij wil verder niet inhoudelijk reageren. ,,Het gaat om de privacy van de verdachte.''
Het was de vijfde keer dat het proces moest worden geschorst wegens ziekte van Milosevic. Rechter Richard May van het Joegoslavië-tribunaal gelastte naar aanleiding daarvan twee nieuwe medische onderzoeken. Afgelopen maandag is Milosevic onderzocht door de cardioloog P. Dijkman en door P. Falke, de huisarts van de gevangenis in Scheveningen. Daarnaast willen de rechters dat er binnen een week een psychiatrisch rapport wordt opgesteld. De 61-jarige Milosevic, die zijn eigen verdediging voert, kampt met hartproblemen en hij heeft last van uitputtingsverschijnselen. In een eerdere rapportage constateerde Falke een ,,mentale overbelasting'' bij Milosevic.
Door zijn slechte gezondheid loopt het proces ernstige vertraging op. Op basis van de nieuwe rapportages wil rechter Richard May een besluit nemen over de verdere voortgang van het proces. Het tribunaal zou kunnen besluiten om Milosevic een advocaat toe te wijzen. Tot nu toe heeft Milosevic zich daar fel tegen verzet. Het proces is deze week weer hervat.
De 'amici curiae' Steven Kay en Branislav Tapuskovic hebben gepleit voor het opschorten van het proces met een jaar. In die periode zou Milosevic kunnen aansterken, aldus de 'vrienden van het hof' - die moeten toezien op een eerlijk verloop van het proces. Hoofdaanklager Carla Del Ponte werd woedend toen ze hiervan hoorde. In de gevangenis van Scheveningen krijgt Milosevic volgens haar alle medische zorg die hij nodig heeft.
Het Internationaal Comité voor de verdediging van Slobodan Milo en caron;sevic (ICDSM) heeft deze week een brief naar het Joegoslavië-tribunaal gestuurd, waarin het comité aandringt op een onafhankelijk medisch onderzoek. De ex- president zou onderzocht moeten worden door specialisten van de militaire medische academie in Belgrado, die jarenlang over Milosevic' gezondheid hebben gewaakt.
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fyi and bump around
When the trial began, we all knew this was how it would end.
There would be no verdict.
Time to update the Body Count?
The only ethnic cleansing that happened was on the Serbian people.
Serbia is the most tolerant and ethnically diverse nation in the Balkans.
Where Serbs lost the war they were cleansed.
The enemies of the Serbs (who were all Nazi allies) achieved a level of ethnic cleansing even their Nazi grandfathers never dreamed of.
Serbs reacted as anyone would faced wiath an Islamist head hunting rebellion (Bosnia and Kosovo) allied to a neo-nazi revisionist state (Croatia).
Well look on the bright side - there's still the ICJ Bosnia vs. Serbia suit, and Croatia has its own suit against Serbia still on the docket.
Slobo's legacy didn't die with him - and as much of the evidence brought to his ICTY trial will make its way over to the ICJ cases, his trial has served a useful purpose, even in its incomplete state.
So the crying and opportunity to push revisionist history isn't over by any stretch of the imagination.
I wonder if the UN Human Rights Commission will investigate. They refused to let a sick man get proper treatment, and now it seems to have him the wrong medicine, which may have killed him.
Slobo's medicine was never given to him by his private doctors. Slobo was medical treatment was given by court directed doctors and Slobo's personal physicians nor any independent physicians for that matter were allowed to treat him.
What kind of doctor (picked by the UN Court no less) gives a man with a heart condition the wrong medicine?
Everytime Slobo took they medicine this kangaroo court gave him he risked his life.
Now we know what she meant by "all the medical care he need[ed]".
Since Milosevic was a Commie (may God forgive his sins on account of unjust slander and persecution he suffered) it might be proper to quote Karl Marx:
"History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce."
Infamous Moscow show trials of 1930s (where other Commies were persecuted by Stalin) were tragic. The Hague Tribunal is a farce.
Check the population data from Bosnia and Kosovo now. Compare it with the situation before.
THE ONLY TWO MAJOR ETHNIC CLEANSINGS WERE OF SERBIAN KRAJINA AND OF KOSOVO SERBS !!!
This is what the thieves do, they cry: "A thief, a thief!" pointing at someone else. This trick works well.
Well they can always use the doctor Michael Shiavo had for Terri, to do the autopsy.
Milosevic at arraignment in July, 2001:
"I consider this tribunal (a) false tribunal and (the) indictments false indictments. It is illegal, being not appointed by U.N. General Assembly. So I have no need to appoint counsel to (an) illegal organ."
At the start of his trial in February 2002:
"The prosecution is uttering such horrendous lies, what we have heard here insults the intelligence of this planet ...
"Your bosses broke up Yugoslavia. They pushed Bosnia into a civil war. The Serbs did not start the war. It is nonsensical to accuse the wrong side ...
"I'm not trying to say that some individuals did not do this, but the police and army defended the country courageously and honorably ...
"America crosses the globe to struggle against terrorism in Afghanistan, but to fight terrorism in the heart of your own country is considered to be a crime. Our defense was a heroic defense against the aggression of the NATO pact ...
"You (prosecutors) basically have nothing. You just want to invent things. This is a political trial, and this is nothing to do with the law itself."
From Milosevic's opening statements in his defense in February 2004:
"Accusations leveled against me are an unscrupulous lie and also a tireless distortion of history. Everything has been presented in a lopsided manner in order to protect those who are truly responsible ...
"They call themselves the international community, but in the territory of Yugoslavia, Bosnia, Croatia, Kosovo, they supported a totalitarian chauvinist elite, terrorists, Islamic fundamentalists, neo-Nazis, whose objective was an ethnically pure state. That is to say, a state without any Serbs ...
"In the early 1990s, it was the Serbs who were killed and expelled from Croatia ... It was the Serbs who were being killed and expelled from Kosovo ... Persecution of all non-Albanians (in Kosovo) continues with undiminished fervor, continues until this day."
A belief that they are being poisoned is a common delusion among psychotics.
Diagnosing political prisoners as psychotics was a common Stalinist show trial tactic.
Even the court admits he was given the "wrong medicine." The only question is whether it was a) accidental; b) criminal negligence; or c) deliberate murder.
This persecution was becoming an embarrassment, because what was meant to be a great show trial to demonstrate the power of the court turned into a pathetic farce.
Soviet prison psychiatrists called it sluggish (asymptomatic) schizophrenia. Now the Bolshevik mindset is alive in the West.