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Monday, March 13, 2006

A muddled end

Slobodan Milosevic, former president of Serbia, accused of and on trial for crimes against humanity*, is dead, has been for a few days now. The family wants him to be buried in Belgrade, but in that case his wife may not be able to attend, as she has a pending conviction in Serbia. Either way it will be muted affair.

The Serbs don't seem to care much. What a strange end for this monster, for this former national hero.

*The former president faced charges relating to atrocities carried out in Kosovo in 1999, to crimes against humanity committed in Croatia in 1991 and 1992, and to alleged genocide in Bosnia-Hercegovina between 1992 and 1995.
The indictment relating to Bosnia - the most serious - accuses him of being responsible for the killing of thousands of Bosnian Muslims and Bosnian Croats.
It cites the 1995 massacre at Srebrenica and accuses Mr Milosevic of involvement in the murder, imprisonment and mistreatment of thousands of civilians, including women and the elderly.
In Serbia, Mr Milosevic faced additional charges connected with the murder of former President Ivan Stambolic, abuse of power and siphoning off billions of dollars of state funds into foreign accounts. Those were the issues that officially lay behind his dramatic arrest in April 2001.


Blogger Jordan Raddick said...

Unfortunately, some Serbs have already started blaming the UN tribunal for Milosevic's death.

Monday, March 13, 2006 1:42:00 PM  

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