With the death of former Serbian leader Slobodan Milosevic over the
weekend, the international press has been flooded with paranoid and
deluded conspiracy theories of how the man who was accused of
organising the deaths of hundreds of thousands in the mid-90s actually died.

The official line coming from The Hague following an autopsy is that Milosevic died from
heart failure, but others think they know the real reason
behind the stressed out old man’s death:

  • Milosevic’s legal adviser, Zdenko Tomanovic, claims that the
    former Serbian leader may have been poisoned, after a
    medical report from late last year found small traces of a strong drug
    in his system normally used to treat leprosy or tuberculosis.
  • Milosevic committed suicide in his cell to escape the embarrassment of being found guilty of genocide and war crimes.
  • The top-selling Serbian tabloid Kurir, is unequivocal, says
    theBBC: “Murdered” is its stark caption in big letters over a front-page
    picture of Mr Milosevic. Milosevic was not allowed to travel to Russia
    at the end of last year to receive medical treatment, and many in the
    Balkan press suggest the Hague’s refusal was a deliberate ploy to
    gamble with the former leader’s health.
  • And it’s not surprising that Slobodan’s brother, Borislav
    Milosevic, lays the blame squarely on the UN War Crimes Tribunal,
    suggesting the world shouldn’t trust any autopsy conducted under their
    authority. “All responsibility for this lies on the shoulders of the international
    tribunal
    . He asked for treatment several months ago, they knew this,”
    he told The Associated Press. “They drove him to this as they didn’t
    want to let him out alive.”

Peter Fray

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