Friday, June 02, 2006
by Pete North
June 1, 2006
Based on the evidence provided by the ICTY themselves (some of it clearly inadvertant as a result of their clumsy coverup in the immediate aftermath of his death) i.e., public statements from ICTY officials (doctors/toxicologists) that they performed blood tests on January 12 which revealed the presence of the Leprosy drug 'Rifampicine' in Milosevic's blood but kept it secret from Milosevic,his doctors,lawyers and the entire world for TWO MONTHS until March 7, is clear evidence of foul play on the part of officials in the ICTY.
The fact that the ICTY had to change their story repeatedly resulting in numerous self- contradictory and inconsistent statements also points to a clear coverup.
For example, once the Dutch NOS TV station revealed certain facts soon after Milosevic's death - especially that Milosevic had a blood test on January 12 - which the ICTY doctors themselves admitted was performed in order to find out why Milosevic's heart medication wasn't working - and yet failed to tell anyone in the world including Milosevic himself until March 7 - and yet he dies three short days after writing a letter to the Russian embassy complaining of being poisoned.
The constantly changing stories by ICTY officials - all contradictory of one another - given for his death were also highly suspicious.
They first said it was "natural causes", then said "possibly suicide", then they said he took the "wrong medicine" - without explaining how he could have possibly taken the medicine without them knowing - since he was always closely watched and was ONLY given medicine by the prison dispensary in the presence of armed guards.
Then they changed their story yet again by claiming that he must have been "poisoning himself in secret" in a "complex plot to escape to Russia" - even though this necessitated the involvement of his lawyers,doctors, the Russian government and even the ICTY ITSELF (since it was known Milosevic was under strict 24/7 Video surveillance & ALL medicine as indicated previously had to be taken from the prison dispensary in the presence of armed prison guards then how on earth could he be "poisoning himself" in secret?!)
The "poisoning himself in secret" story just didn't make any sense; realizing the absurdity, the ICTY offials simply changed their story yet again and LIED by making the ludicrous claim that he WASN'T monitored 24/7 and that "alcohol and other drugs" were being "smuggled in" to the prison for months before his death!!
But since this necessitated knowing involvement on the part of ICTY officials/guards, they had to change their story yet again by claiming that though the prison guards knew about this alleged smuggling of alcohol and drugs for months,somehow,because of sheer "incompetence", nothing was done about it by the higher ups (i.e the judges/prosecutors) and Milosevic was happily able to poison himself for months on end (and presumably also get drunk)!
The fact that soon after Milosevic's death the Dutch NOS TV station revealed that the ICTY ADMITTED that they KNEW about the presence of the Leprosy drug in his blood since January 12 - but supposedly did nothing about it for two entire months really threw a spanner in the works. This is where the cover up simply fell apart and blew a massive hole in the ICTY's initial "we didn't know he was poisoning himself so couldn't do anything about it" story.
Someone INSIDE the ICTY had to administering the Leprosy drug to Milosevic covertly without his knowledge and that was clearly revealed in the complaint letter that Milosevic wrote to the Russian embassy on March 8 after he received the blood test report -the day before - on March 7 -TWO MONTHS late.
Since in this letter Milosevic makes clear that the ICTY has repeatedly refused to let him go to Russia for heart surgery (even as late as his last appeal of February 24,2006 his request for medical treatment was denied)Milosevic pointed out that Russian specialists would quickly detect the Leprosy drug in a routine blood test - and thus clearly PROVE his poisoning by the ICTY - is it any surprise that the letter doesn't get delivered until AFTER his death?
Then they changed their story yet again and said that Milosevic WASN'T poisoned because they found no PRESCRIBED drugs in "toxic concentrations". How cute. Meaning he wasn't poisoned by the medicines he was SUPPOSED to be taking.
Even though ICTY officials admit that the Leprosy drug, 'Rifampicine', is an UNPRESCRIBED drug which apart from interfering with (i.e., blocking) heart medication - in effect acting as a POISON - it also quickly dissipates from the body leaving no trace of its presence (which they themselves admit) they still had the audacity to attempt to mislead the public by twisting the facts to make it sound as if he just simply wasn't poisoned in any way at all.
The fact that the ICTY blood test report of January 12 did not get delivered to Milosevic until March 7 - two months late - causing him to write his very concerned letter on March 8, outlining his grave fears about being poisoned, and the fact that his MArch 8 lettr did not get delivered to the Russian embassy until well AFTER Milosevic's death speaks volumes about who the only murderer could possibly be: NATO.
Since NATO have on numerous occasions publically admitted that they own - and ipso facto - control the ICTY, it can also be proved by the fact that Clinton's former "peace envoy", Richard Holbrooke was even able to intervene recently directly with the president of the ICTY on behalf of an ICTY-indicted KLA mass murderer, Mr.Ramush Haradinaj, to have Mr. Haradinaj released from The Hague prison without him having to even face trial - let alone be convicted for his crimes - also speaks volumes about what kind of "court" the ICTY truly is.
I think this is a pretty definitive dissection. Anybody who wants to claim to believe the ICTY didn't murder him has to explain why they had 8 (count 'em) separate versions of the "truth".
Milosevic not poisoned, did self-medicate: UN court
Wed May 31, 4:43 AM ET
AMSTERDAM (Reuters) -
Slobodan Milosevic died of natural causes not poisoning but security breaches did allow the former Yugoslav president to self-medicate, the U.N. tribunal said on Wednesday.
"Nothing has been found to support allegations reported in some sections of the media that Mr Milosevic had been murdered, in particular by poisoning," said an internal report by the tribunal into Milosevic's death in his cell in March.
"It cannot be concluded that there was a failure to provide proper care by those treating Mr Milosevic," it said.
This is NATO's ICTY story version number EIGHT.[To paraphrase the ICTY]: First it was "natural causes" (1), then "suicide" (2), then "he didn't want
to take his medicine" (3) then "he took the wrong medicine" (4) then "he took Leprosy drugs and booze in secret without our
knowledge" (5), then "he took Leprosy drugs WITH our knowledge as early as 2004 but we didn't do anything to stop it because
we screwed up" (6), then "NO, he WASN'T poisoned coz he DIDN'T take any PRESCRIBED drugs in toxic concentrations - we DIDN'T
find any UNPRESCRIBED drugs in his blood" (7) now the latest is " Oh yeah he took UNPRESCRIBED drugs (Leprosy drugs which
BLOCK blood pressure medication from working) but hey, not to worry coz he died of natural causes anyway, which is what we
said in the beginning remember?!" (8)
So they (NATO's ICTY) want you to believe that for TWO YEARS (i.e. from 2004 onwards) he "self medicated" while they
supposedly KNEW and did NOTHING to stop him from doing so. They even claimed that they found a bottle of the Leprosy drug
Rifampicine (or some other type of drug which interfers with blood pressure medication) back in DECEMBER 2005 - but yet
again did NOTHING about it.
Then on January 12 they performed a blood test on him to find out why his blood pressure/heart medicine WASN'T working. The
blood test confirmed that they found that he had traces of Rifampicine (a Leprosy drug) in his blood and instead of doing
something to stop it - THEY KEEP THE REPORT A SECRET for TWO ENTIRE MONTHS from EVERYONE including Milosevic himself.
He finally receives the report from the ICTY doctors on March 7th - TWO MONTHS LATE - after reading the report he writes a
letter on March the 8th to the Russian Embassy complaining of being POISONED saying that he never took such a drug, then
DIES on March the 11th three short days later. The letter he wrote to the Russian embassy only got delivered to the Russians
on March 12th, the day AFTER he dies.
Now the NATO owned ICTY version EIGHT of their constantly changing and self-contradictory cover stories says (to paraphrase):
"Milosevic self-medicated - dont blame us ,we didn't know he was doing it -it was a secret" then this is changed to "Oh yes
we DID know since way back in 2004, but we didn't do anything about it for TWO YEARS because of bureacratic incompetence -
in other words, we screwed up" followed by "...Oh and by the way,he died of natural causes".
CAREFULLY NOTE THE DATES OF THE FIRST FEW ARTICLES BELOW
http://www.findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_kmafp/is_200409/ai_n6857503 September 1, 2004
Prosecutors accuse Milosevic of failing to take his medicine properly
"The overall and unanimous opinion of the experts is that the accused is not fit to conduct the trial himself, that he is not
taking the drugs in the manner prescribed" prosecutor Geoffrey Nice told the court.
APPEAL AGAINST THE IMPOSITION OF COUNSEL HEARD
www.slobodan-milosevic.org - October 21, 2004
Milosevic cast doubt on the medical reasoning behind the trial chamber’s decision to impose counsel on him. He produced a medical report from 2002 showing that his blood pressure was higher then than it was when counsel was imposed.
In 2002 when his blood pressure was worse, the doctors said that he was fit enough to represent himself, but in 2004, when it was better they suddenly changed their position.
Milosevic speculated that the sudden change in medical reasoning was the result of political pressure put on the tribunal by Madeline Albright when she visited just before the decision to impose counsel was made.
Milosevic also showed that a large share of the “sick days” were not due to his hypertension. He brought a document from the detention unit showing that most of the days missed were due to influenza. He said that the flu is something that can strike down anybody no matter how healthy they are.
Milosevic denied accusations from the prosecution that he was intentionally making himself sick by not taking his medicine.
Milosevic said that he was following his therapeutic regime exactly. He pointed out that his medicine is administered to him
in the detention unit by the guards, and that he has to take the medicine in their presence, meaning there is no possibility
for him not to take his medicine.
Disturbingly, the medical reports show that the drugs prescribed are not in his blood stream at as high a level as they
should be. The reports also show the presence of other drugs that have not been prescribed. This can mean one of only two
things; either the medical reports are fabricated, or somebody in the detention unit is manipulating his therapeutic regime
by giving him the wrong medicine.
On November 23, 2002 the Dutch paper NRC Handelsblad reported in a story entitled “Milosevic Kreeg Verkeerd Medicijn ” that
the Tribunal had given him the wrong medicine. Their report said, “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.’”
The prosecution opposes the restoration of Milosevic’s right to defend himself, and argued against it at the appeals hearing.
The prosecution claims that Milosevic is “irrational” for wanting to defend himself.
Rather than relying on legal argument, Mr. Nice appealed to the judges’ sense of territoriality saying, ''Who's running this
court, the accused or the judges appointed to do so?''
http://www.slobodan-milosevic.org/news/nfi040506.htm April 05, 2006
Public Prosecutor's Office, The Hague: Press-office
Prins Clauslaan 60
P.O. Box 20302
2500 EH The Hague
Tel: (070) 381 3801
Fax: (070) 381 2881
The Hague, 5 April 2006
"Information from the Tribunal has shown that in December 2005 medicines, which had not been prescribed, were found in the
cell of Mr. Milosevic. Also various blood tests (lastly in January 2006) had shown the use of non-prescribed medicines, among
which the substance Rifampicine. Moreover, his lawyer had informed the police that Mr. Milosevic had the suspicion that he
was being poisoned.
"Therefore the public prosecutor ordered a toxicologic examination to be made and demanded a search of the cell of Mr.
Milosevic. On Sunday night, March 12, the cell of Mr. Milosevic was searched under the supervision of the examining
magistrate. No other medicines were found than the prescribed medicines and neither were any other contraband goods found."
Excerpt: U.N. Official: Milosevic Had Heart Attack
Associated Press - March 12, 2006
By ANTHONY DEUTSCH, Associated Press Writer
THE HAGUE, Netherlands - A heart attack killed Slobodan Milosevic in his jail cell, according to preliminary findings from Dutch pathologists who conducted a nearly eight-hour autopsy on the former Yugoslav leader Sunday, an official at the U.N. war crimes tribunal said.
The official, who agreed to discuss the autopsy only on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to release the information, commented after a day of speculation on the cause of death that swirled from ill health to suicide to poison.
A tribunal spokeswoman said the court had no immediate comment on the official's report. [Passage Omitted]
An official in Serbia-Montenegro said Milosevic's body was to be delivered to his family by Monday. But there was disagreement among relatives about whether he should be buried in his homeland of Serbia or in Russia, where his wife and son live in exile. [Passage Omitted]
The president of the U.N. tribunal, Fausto Pocar, said he ordered the autopsy after a Dutch coroner failed Saturday to establish the cause of death. A pathologist sent by Serbia observed the procedure at the Netherlands Forensic Institute, an agency of the Dutch Justice Ministry.
Outside the tribunal's offices, Milosevic's legal adviser showed reporters a six-page letter that he said the former leader wrote the day before his death claiming traces of a powerful drug used to treat leprosy or tuberculosis had been found in his bloodstream.
Zdenko Tomanovic said Milosevic was seriously concerned. "They would like to poison me," he quoted Milosevic as telling him.
A Dutch state broadcaster, NOS, said later that an adviser to the tribunal confirmed such a drug was found in a blood sample taken in recent months from Milosevic. The report said the adviser, who was not identified, said the drug could have had a "neutralizing effect" on Milosevic's other medications.
Doctors found traces of the drug when they were searching for an answer to why Milosevic's medication for high blood pressure was not working, the NOS report said.
Milosevic had appealed to the war crimes tribunal last December to be allowed to go to a heart clinic in Moscow for treatment. The request was denied. He repeated the request as late as last month.
The tribunal spokeswoman, Alexandra Milenov, said she could not comment on the NOS report. "We don't have any information. We simply have to wait for the results" of the autopsy, she said.
In Belgrade, Rasim Ljajic, human rights minister for Serbia-Montenegro, said Milosevic's remains would be handed over to the former leader's family by Monday.
The final resting place had not been settled. [Passage Omitted]
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Leprosy drug in Milosevic's blood
The Press Association - 12-Mar-06 21:13 GMT
Traces of a drug used to treat leprosy and tuberculosis were found in a blood sample taken in recent months from former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic, a news report has said.
The report came hours after Milosevic's legal adviser revealed a letter the late Serb leader wrote on Friday [actually Wednesday March 8: note by PRN] , one day before his body was discovered in prison, alleging that he was being poisoned.
In the report by state broadcaster NOS, a lawyer and commentator for the channel, Heikelina Verrijn Stuart, said she had confirmation that doctors first noticed the medicine in his blood in January.
Stuart said the drugs interfered with other medicine Milosevic was taking for high blood pressure and vascular disease.
"They were counterproductive," said Stuart, a lawyer who has closely followed the proceedings. "What we do know is that this is the cause of death and you can't say that it was really a case of natural death."
Stuart said the tribunal only learned of the presence of the drug in his blood last week, on March 7. [BALONEY - THEY KNEW SINCE JANUARY 12, 2006 at the very latest: note by PRN]
"It's naturally a riddle," she said.
Dutch doctors conducted a post mortem examination on Milosevic's remains on Sunday, but the results were not expected to be released until Monday.
A tribunal spokeswoman said she could not comment on the news report. "We don't have any information. We simply have to wait for the results" of the autopsy report, said Alexandra Milenov.
Doctors found traces of the drug when they were searching for an answer to why Milosevic's medication for high blood pressure was not working, the report said.
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MILOSEVIC TO BE BURIED IN BELGRADE; RIFAMPICIN FOUND IN RECENT BLOOD TESTS
www.slobodan-milosevic.org - March 13, 2006
A Dutch toxicologist has confirmed that he found traces of an unprescribed drug in Slobodan Milosevic's blood earlier this year. Donald Uges, a toxicologist from University Hospital of Groningen, said he found traces of Rifampicin, a drug that "makes the liver extremely active," so that other medications would break down very quickly and lose their effectiveness.
Rifampicin is used with other drugs to treat tuberculosis. It also can be used alone to treat certain bacterial infections or asymptomatic carriers of a type of meningitis.
The drug affects enzymes in the body to speed metabolism of a host of other drugs, meaning higher doses of those other medications may be needed to compensate. It also can cause liver damage.
A legal aide to Milosevic, meanwhile, said today that Milosevic would be buried in Belgrade. Zdenko Tomanovic said Milosevic's remains will be claimed by his son Marko either Monday or Tuesday and that a Belgrade funeral was the wish of the family.
The tribunal on Sunday said a heart attack killed Milosevic, according to preliminary findings from Dutch pathologists.
However, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Moscow does not trust the autopsy and wants its own doctors to examine the body. "The Russian side has the right not to trust those who are currently carrying out an examination by experts in connection with the death of Slobodan Milosevic," Lavrov said. "In a situation where they did not trust us [over guarantees that Milosevic would be returned], we also have the right not to trust those who are conducting this expert examination," he said, noting that Russia had asked if its doctors could be present at the postmortem and was preparing to send doctors to The Hague.
Lavrov, confirmed that in a letter to the Russian Foreign Ministry Milosevic had expressed concern over his medical treatment in The Hague. Milosevic had appealed to the tribunal last December to be allowed to go to a heart clinic in Moscow for treatment. The request was denied. He repeated the request as recently as February 24th.
"In the letter Milosevic expressed concern that, in his view, some of the methods of treatment that were being used were having a pernicious effect on his health," the Russian minister told journalists on today.
Lavrov also confirmed that Slobodan Milosevic's letter, dated 8 March, was only received yesterday. "I don't know what caused such a hold-up," he said.
In his words, in the letter Milosevic appealed to the Russian government to again raise the issue of Russia's readiness to receive him for treatment.
"Such an appeal was also made earlier. In response, Russia gave The Hague Tribunal 100-per-cent state guarantees that, after undergoing a course of treatment, Milosevic would return to The Hague," he recalled.
Tomanovic, told the media that Milosevic feared he was being poisoned. He showed reporters the six-page letter Milosevic wrote to Russian officials claiming that traces of drugs he had never knowingly taken had been found in his blood.
Tomanovic said Milosevic was "seriously concerned" he was being poisoned. "They would like to poison me," he quoted Milosevic as telling him.
He cited a Jan. 12 Dutch medical report which showed traces of medication used against leprosy and tuberculosis, but said Milosevic had never knowingly taken them.
Uges, whom the tribunal asked to confirm the findings in a test in February, said that he found the same antibiotic in Milosevic's blood weeks later.
Every medicament that Milosevic took was administered by the prison dispensary in the presence of the prison guards who made a note in the record every time medicine was administered. Milosevic was not allowed to take medicine on his own, and his cell was under 24-hour video surveillance.
A Milosevic associate who said he spoke to him Friday described Milosevic as defiant hours before his death. "He told me, 'Don't you worry: They will not destroy me or break me. I shall defeat them all,'" Milorad Vucelic, a Socialist Party official, said Saturday in Belgrade.
The Hague Tribunal will hold its final hearing for the Milosevic case on Tuesday at 9:00 AM in Courtroom I where they are expected to terminate the proceedings.
DEBUNKING THE CONSPIRACY THEORY: MILOSEVIC COULD NOT HAVE ESCAPED BY GOING TO THE MEDICAL CENTER IN MOSCOW
www.slobodan-milosevic.org - March 15, 2006
Written by: Andy Wilcoxson
On the occasion of Slobodan Milosevic’s death, the Hague Tribunal and the Western media have concocted an elaborate conspiracy theory in an apparent effort to absolve the tribunal of responsibility.
According to this conspiracy theory, Milosevic secretly took a drug called Rifampicin to block the effectiveness of his high blood pressure medicine, which in turn created a fake medical condition that he used to justify his request to go to Moscow under the pretext of obtaining medical treatment, however obtaining medical treatment wasn't Milosevic's real objective that was just a ruse so that he could make his escape.
Dr. Donald Uges, a professor of clinical and forensic toxicology at the University of Groningen, was the first to advance this theory in the media. He told the New York Times “It's like a James Bond story", and on that score he’s absolutely correct it’s exactly like a James Bond story – it’s fiction.
Dr. Uges told the New York Times: "There was one escape for Milosevic out of prison, and that was to Moscow where his wife and son, and friends were. He wanted to go to Moscow on a one-way trip.”
Moscow was never an avenue of escape for Milosevic. On January 18th the Russian Government gave the Hague Tribunal assurances that it would guarantee "Milosevic's personal security during his time in Russia and his return to The Hague within the timeframe specified by the Tribunal." Milosevic would have been under armed-guard the whole time he was in Russia. There was absolutely no chance that he could escape by getting medical treatment Moscow.
Dr. Uges was all over the media, acting more like a politician than a doctor, he told the Irish Times that Milosevic "took Rifampicin himself, not for suicide, only for his trip to Moscow.” Of course Dr. Uges is a toxicologist, and not a mind reader. He can’t possibly know what was going on in Milosevic’s thoughts, but he didn't let that get in his way.
Rifampicin is odorless and tasteless, and as such could have been mixed into Milosevic’s food without his knowledge. He was administered all of his medicine by guards at the prison dispensary. He took the medicine that they gave him. The drug could have easily been added into one of his medicine capsules.
Clearly, Dr. Uges can’t know whether Milosevic took the drug knowingly or not, but we can find a clue in the letter that Milosevic wrote to the Russian Foreign Ministry on March 8th:
“I think that the persistence, with which the medical treatment in Russia was denied, in the first place is motivated by the fear that through careful examination it would be discovered, that there were active, willful steps taken, to destroy my health, throughout the proceedings of the trial, which could not be hidden from Russian specialists.”
“In order to verify my allegations, I'm presenting you a simple example, which you can find in the attachment. This document, which I received on March 7, shows that on January 12th (i.e. two months ago), an extremely strong drug was found in my blood, which is used, as they themselves say, for the treatment of tuberculosis and leprosy, although I never used any kind of antibiotic during this 5 years that I'm in their prison.”
“Throughout this whole period, neither have I had any kind of infectious illness (apart from flu).”
“Also the fact that doctors needed 2 months (to report to me), can't have any other explanation than we are facing manipulation. In any case, those who foist on me a drug against leprosy surely can't treat my illness; likewise those from which I defended my country in times of war and who have an interest to silence me.”
In his interview with the New York Times Dr. Urges confirmed that March 7th was indeed the day that Milosevic learned the drug had been found in his blood.
Clearly, the detection of the drug is what motivated Milosevic to write the letter. As the text of the letter makes plain Milosevic was not knowingly taking the drug.
The letter raises some serious questions: Why did it take the tribunal’s medical staff two months to tell him that the drug had been found in his blood? If they knew in January, then why wasn’t an investigation launched immediately to determine how the drug was getting into his system? Why was this information concealed from him for two months?
The conspiracy theory being advanced in the media by Dr. Uges and certain "unnamed sources" at the Hague Tribunal just doesn’t hold water. The conspiracy would have to involve: Milosevic, the Russian Government, the doctors at the Bakulev Medical Center in Moscow, the person who was procuring the drug and sneaking it in to him, the doctor who was advising him on how to take it, etc…. It’s all just too far-fetched to be true.
The fact that the tribunal is floating such a stupid story tells you right off the bat that they’re guilty as sin for Milosevic's death.
Who killed Slobodan Milosevic? By John Laughland March 14, 2006
It is the Hague judges who bear clear responsibility for Milosevic’s death, Presiding Judge Patrick Robinson in first place.
They had every reason to want him dead. Four years of trial had failed to prove his guilt or anything like it, and if he had
survived another few months they would have faced the impossible task of dressing up Nato’s war propaganda from 1999 in the
form of a guilty verdict ostensibly based on legal reasoning.
Dutch toxicologists—aren’t you sick of them? Following the death of Slobodan Milosevic in custody at The Hague, Professor Dr
Donald Uges, a forensic toxicologist at the University Hospital in Groningen, was reported as having performed tests on the
late president’s blood. This followed allegations, made by Milosevic himself before his death and by his son, Marko, after
it, that he was being poisoned: Marko Milosevic said on 13th March in The Hague that his father had been murdered. Dr Uges
said that he had discovered traces on an antibiotic, rifampicin, in Mr. Milosevic’s blood and that the effect of this drug
would have been to neutralise the effects of other medication to reduce his blood pressure. Uges said that Milosevic was
himself taking the rifampicin in order to worsen his own health condition so that he would be let out of The Hague to visit a
heart clinic in Moscow, thereby implying either that he had deliberately committed suicide or that he was at least
responsible for his own death.
But how is it possible to tell from traces in someone’s blood where the antibiotic came from? Shortly before his death,
Milosevic claimed in a letter to the Russian foreign ministry that he was being given the wrong medicines and that The Hague
authorities were therefore trying to poison him. The Russian foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, indicated that he partly
believed the former Yugoslav president: he said that Russia did not trust The Hague’s assurances to the contrary, and he
dispatched a team of Russian doctors to accompany Marko Milosevic to The Hague to examine the body. But it was too late, at
least from a propagandistic point of view: Uges’ intervention was sufficient to allow the theory to circulate for a day or so
in the media that Milosevic had indeed deliberately tried to "escape justice".
TEXT OF SLOBODAN MILOSEVIC'S LETTER TO THE RUSSIAN MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS
The text of a handwritten letter dated March 8, 2006, written by Slobodan Milosevic to Russia asking for its help. It was provided in an English translation by his lawyer Zdenko Tomanovic:
To the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation:
Dear ladies and gentlemen,
With my acknowledgment for the solidarity and understanding which you expressed by accepting to receive me to come for medical treatment and by giving guarantees, I would like to inform you about the following:
I think that the persistence, with which the medical treatment in Russia was denied, in the first place is motivated by the fear that through careful examination it would be discovered, that there were active, willful steps taken, to destroy my health, throughout the proceedings of the trial, which could not be hidden from Russian specialists.
In order to verify my allegations, I'm presenting you a simple example which you can find in the attachment. This document, which I received on March 7, shows that on January 12th (i.e. two months ago), an extremely strong drug was found in my blood, which is used, as they themselves say, for the treatment of tuberculosis and leprosy, although I never used any kind of antibiotic during this 5 years that I'm in their prison.
Throughout this whole period, neither have I had any kind of infectious illness (apart from flu).
Also the fact that doctors needed 2 months (to report to me), can't have any other explanation than we are facing manipulation. In any case, those who foist on me a drug against leprosy surely can't treat my illness; likewise those from which I defended my country in times of war and who have an interest to silence me.
Dear Sirs, it is known to you that Russian physicians, who rank among the most respected physicians in the world, came to the conclusion that the examination and treatment of the vascular problems in my head are inevitable and urgent. I know very well that this is true, as I feel very bad.
I'm addressing you in expectation that you help me defend my health from the criminal activities in this institution, working under the sign of the U.N., and that I be enabled as soon as possible to get adequate treatment in your hospital, in whose physicians, as well as in Russia, I have absolute confidence.
Aide Recounts Milosevic's Last Words
The Associated Press - Saturday, March 11, 2006; 7:49 PM
By KATARINA KRATOVAC
BELGRADE, Serbia-Montenegro -- A Socialist Party aide of Slobodan Milosevic said Saturday that the ex-president was defiant just before his death.
"He told me, 'Don't you worry: They will not destroy me or break me; I shall defeat them all,'" said Milorad Vucelic of the Socialist Party, recounting a phone conversation with Milosevic late Friday. "But it was obvious he was very ill."
Milosevic, who was found dead Saturday in his cell at the Netherlands-based war crimes court near The Hague, was daily in contact with Socialist party officials in Belgrade as he carried out his own defense before the U.N. tribunal.
Vucelic said Milosevic was in "a good mood" on Friday but would not discuss his illness.
"We were supposed to talk more today but when he didn't call, I was a little worried," Vucelic added. "Then I found out what had happened."
Vucelic spoke at the Socialist Party headquarters in Belgrade, where flags hung at half-staff and a huge photo of Milosevic was on display, adorned with a black cloth.
During their phone conversation, Vucelic said Milosevic had been upbeat and satisfied with how his defense case was coming along.
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Social Democracy Now
13.03.2006 at 15:46
There can be no question but that former Yugoslav president Slobodan Milosovic, who died in his prison cell in Scheveningen in the Netherlands on March 11, was murdered:
"Milosevic’s lawyer ... reported that his client had written a letter to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov just a day before he died pleading for help and charging that his jailers were giving him harmful drugs in an attempt to silence him. According to Dutch public television, a blood sample taken from Milosevic last month showed traces of a powerful drug used to treat leprosy which can neutralize other drugs the former Yugoslav leader was taking for high blood pressure and heart disease. ... [What's more] last month the court’s chief judge denied his request that he be allowed to receive treatment in Russia before resuming the trial." (SOURCE)
Milosevic's murder proves that the International Criminal Tribunal (ICT) at the Hague is nothing more than a kangaroo court a la Nuremberg (where, as was pointed out in an earlier post, fake documents were used to incriminate surviving members of the Nazi regime). But unlike the International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg, which was perhaps the greatest legal travesty in history, the ICT in the Hague respected basic legal proprieties and Milosevic was given enough latitude to defend himself, which he did ably enough. The longer the trial went on, therefore, the more obvious it became that the case against Milosevic had nothing but the prejudices of NATO war propaganda to sustain it. As John Laughland wrote back in 2004:
"Since the trial started in February 2002, the prosecution has wheeled out more than 100 witnesses, and it has produced 600,000 pages of evidence. Not a single person has testified that Milosevic ordered war crimes. Whole swaths of the indictment on Kosovo have been left unsubstantiated, even though Milosevic’s command responsibility here is clearest. And when the prosecution did try to substantiate its charges, the result was often farce. Highlights include the Serbian ‘insider’ who claimed to have worked in the presidential administration but who did not know what floor Milosevic’s office was on; ‘Arkan’s secretary’, who turned out to have worked only as a temp for a few months in the same building as the notorious paramilitary; the testimony of the former federal prime minister, Ante Markovic, dramatically rumbled by Milosevic, who produced Markovic’s own diary for the days when he claimed to have had meetings with him; the Kosovo Albanian peasant who said he had never heard of the KLA even though there is a monument to that terrorist organisation in his own village; and the former head of the Yugoslav secret services, Radomir Markovic, who not only claimed that he had been tortured by the new democratic government in Belgrade to testify against his former boss, but who also agreed, under cross-examination by Milosevic, that no orders had been given to expel the Kosovo Albanians and that, on the contrary, Milosevic had instructed the police and army to protect civilians. And these, note, were the prosecution witnesses." (SOURCE)
Laughland concluded, "The possibility is now real that a conviction of Milosevic can be secured only on the widest possible interpretation of the doctrine of command responsibility: for instance, that he knew about atrocities committed by the Bosnian Serbs and did nothing to stop them." This would involve an extremely awkward legal problem however: for "if Milosevic can be convicted for complicity in crimes committed by people in a foreign country, over whom he had no formal control, how much greater is the complicity of the British government in crimes committed by the US in Iraq, a country with which the UK is in an official coalition? This is not just a cheap political jibe but a serious judicial conundrum: the UK is a signatory to the new International Criminal Court, and so Tony Blair is subject to the jurisdiction of the new Hague-based body whose jurisprudence will be modelled on that of the ICTY. So if Slobbo goes down for ten years in Scheveningen jail because of abuses committed by his policemen, then by rights his cell-mate should, in time, be Tony."
The political embarrassment into which the trial had descended "threatened to become even more of a problem for those who organized it after Milosevic, at the end of February, asked the tribunal to issue a subpoena ordering former US President Bill Clinton to testify, apparently with the aim of showing that Washington itself was responsible for crimes against humanity in waging an illegal war against Yugoslavia and conducting a sustained bombing campaign against civilian targets.' (SOURCE)
It is no doubt in order to forestall the possibility of former president Clinton being exposed as the real war criminal that NATO began thinking hard and fast about the best way to ensure that the trial would never be concluded.
COVER STORY (JUST IN): Milosevic took the fatal drug himself as a ploy to worsen his condition (to get a free trip to Moscow). Yep, read all about it here in the oh-so reliable Sydney Morning Herald. But, as Paul Joseph Watson points out, 'This is frankly absurd. Milosevic only had access to the drugs provided to him by UN appointed doctors and took them under close surveillance. Are we to believe that Milosevic had managed to set up a secret drugs lab in his closely watched prison prison cell and then substituted the drugs while under constant monitoring?' (SOURCE)
Further reading: Paul Joseph Watson, Why Milosevic Was Murdered here (Watson errs by referring to Milosevic as a dictator, however), Christopher Black, An Impartial Tribunal? Really? here and Barry Grey, The Milosevic indictment: legal document or political diatribe? here
POSTSCRIPT: SREBRENICA: It is important to remind readers - as well as to point it out to those who do not already know - that Milosevic had nothing to do with the alleged 'genocide' at Srebrenica in 1995. According to Watson, "Srebrenica was supposedly a 'UN safe zone', yet just like Rwanda, UN peacekeepers deliberately withdrew and allowed the massacre to unfold, then blamed Milosevic." (SOURCE) However, it has not been proven that a massacre took place at Srebrenica at all. As early as 1998, a Portuguese UN military observer, Carlos Martins Branco, who was present at the fall of Srebrenica, suggested that the massacre was a mass media hoax. (SOURCE) That it was indeed a hoax - and one wonders why Watson declines to acknowledge the fact (maybe because HE is a witting or unwitting US/NATO DISINFO agent himself: note by PRN)- has been established beyond any doubt by George Pumphrey, author of the book Srebrenica: Three Years Later, And Still Searching (1998), Jared Israel, Francisco Gil-White and, most importantly, by Peter Brock in his recent book Media Cleansing: Dirty Reporting Journalism & Tragedy in Yugoslavia (2005). (Incidentally, the latter work is held neither by the British Library nor the Library of Congress. I wonder why?) Here, Swedish peace activist Jan Oberg fights the lies about Milosevic with sarcasm. Brilliant and a must read.
SPOT THE GLOBALIST US/NATO DISINFO BELOW (from someone whom is ostensibly ANTI-Globalist!)
Why Milosevic Was Murdered
Tinpot dictator blew the whistle on the New World Order
Paul Joseph Watson/Prison Planet.com | March 13 2006
Slobodan Milosevic was a distasteful man with authoritarian Communist ideals. But the reasons for his obvious murder revolve around his evergreen willingness to blow the whistle on the global criminal masterminds who had made the mistake of giving 'Slobo' a speaking platform in the first place.
Just two days after Milosevic's death the evidence indicating murder has poured in.
- Milosevic wrote a letter one day before his death (well THREE actually but I'll take that as an innocent mistake: notr by PRN) claiming he was being poisoned to death in jail. The lawyer who advised Milosevic during his trial, Azdenko Tomanovic (pictured below) , showed journalists a handwritten letter in which Milosevic wrote: "They would like to poison me. I'm seriously concerned and worried."
- Blood tests show that Milosevic's body contained a drug that rendered his usual medication for high blood pressure and his heart condition ineffective, causing the heart attack that led to his death.
- The media has spun this to make out as if Milosevic deliberately took the wrong drug so he could seek specialist treatment in Moscow and delay his trial. This is frankly absurd. Milosevic only had access to the drugs provided to him by UN appointed doctors and took them under close surveillance. Are we to believe that Milosevic had managed to set up a secret drugs lab in his closely watched prison prison cell and then substituted the drugs while under constant monitoring?
- Milan Babic, a former Croatian Serb leader who testified against Milosevic was "suicided" just six days before Milosevic's death. According to the BBC, tribunal spokeswoman Alexandra Milenov said he had given no indication that he was contemplating suicide. "There was nothing unusual in his demeanor," she said. Another Hague detainee, Slavko Dokmanovic, supposedly killed himself in 1998.
- Allegations of suicide were dismissed by British lawyer, Steven Kay QC, who said Milosevic had told him before he was found dead: "I have not come all this way not to see it to the end."
- The Globalists have wanted to eliminate Milosevic for a long time. Former MI6 agent Richard Tomlinson said he saw documents in 1992 that discussed assassinating Milosevic by means of a staged car accident, where the driver would be blinded by a flash of light and remote controlled brake failure enacted to cause the crash. This exact same technique was utilized for real in the murder of Princess Diana.
Milosevic was a loose cannon with intimate knowledge of the criminality of the Globalists after the IMF/Bilderberg coup de 'tat in Serbia in the 1990's.
In March 2002, Milosevic presented the Hague tribunal with FBI documents proving that the United States government and NATO provided financial and military support for Al-Qaeda to aid the Kosovo Liberation Army in its war against Serbia.
This didn't go down too well at the Pentagon and the White House, who at the time were trying to sell a war on terror and gearing up to justify invading Iraq.
Milosevic made several speeches in which he discussed how a group of shadowy internationalists had caused the chaos in the Balkans because it was the next step on the road to a "new world order."
During a February 2000 Serbian Congressional speech, Milosevic stated,
"Small Serbia and people in it have demonstrated that resistance is possible. Applied at a broader level, it was organized primarily as a moral and political rebellion against tyranny, hegemony, monopolism, generating hatred, fear and new forms of violence and revenge against champions of freedom among nations and people, such a resistance would stop the escalation of modern time inquisition. Uranium bombs, computer manipulations, drug-addicted young assassins and bribed of blackmailed domestic thugs, promoted to the allies of the new world order, these are the instruments of inquisition which have surpassed, in their cruelty and cynicism, all previous forms of revengeful violence committed against the mankind in the past."
Milosevic was far from an angel, but evidence linking him to genocides like Srebrenica, in which 7,000 Muslims died, was continually proven to be fraudulent. In fact, Srebrenica was supposedly a 'UN safe zone', yet just like Rwanda, UN peacekeepers deliberately withdrew and allowed the massacre to unfold, then blamed Milosevic.
Milosevic's exposure of UN involvement in the Srebrenica massacre was another reason why tribunal transcripts were heavily edited and censored, and another contributing factor towards his murder.
March 11, 2006
Milosevic Is Dead
"News of his death was broken by the independent Belgrade-based radio station B-92 at 12:58 p.m. Central European Time.
He died of natural courses" (sic!).
Drugs smuggled into Milosevic's cell
http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,20867,18482164-2703,00.html March 16, 2006
"Authorities have ruled out poisoning by a third party. They claim Milosevic was taking the rifampicin to neutralise the
effects of the heart medicine he was required to take, as part of his campaign to persuade the judges his health was so poor
he should be allowed to travel to Moscow for medical treatment.
"Doctors at The Hague prison said in 2004 they had established that Milosevic was taking drugs."
http://www.voanews.com/english/archive/2006-03/2006-03-11-voa7.cfm March 11,2006
Former Yugoslav President Milosevic Dies
"He apparently died of natural causes. He was in poor health, suffering from high blood pressure and heart problems, and his
trial at the U.N. war crimes tribunal was repeatedly postponed as a result."
http://www.voanews.com/english/archive/2006-03/2006-03-14-voa73.cfm March 14, 2006
Milosevic Funeral Apparently Will Be In Serbia
"Carla Del Ponte, the chief war crimes prosecutor, told a French newspaper Tuesday that Milosevic had deliberately aggravated
his own health by secretly taking his own medicines."
http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,20867,18441252-1702,00.html March 12, 2006
Milosevic 'may have killed himself'
'FORMER Yugoslav president Slobodan Milosevic may have committed suicide as a last act of defiance to the United Nations war
crimes tribunal in The Hague, the court's chief prosecutor said in an interview published today.
"He could have done it as a last act of defiance towards us. Perhaps he did commit suicide," chief prosecutor Carla Del Ponte
said in an interview in the Italian newspaper La Repubblica.
She said Milosevic would have not been the first war crimes suspect from the Balkans to take his own life before the UN court
could judge him.'
http://www.rferl.org/featuresarticle/2006/03/B412348D-E695-4D3D-8D2E-F1E2E0BED31A.html March 12, 2006
'Del Ponte did not rule out that Milosevic could have committed suicide. She said "we have no choice [but] between a normal
natural death and suicide."'
Del Ponte: Milosevic May Have Taken Medicine to Kill Himself March 14, 2006
"Chief U.N. war crimes prosecutor Carla del Ponte says Slobodan Milosevic secretly took medicines in his jail cell in what
may have been a suicide attempt.Del Ponte told France's Le Monde newspaper Tuesday that Milosevic apparently decided to
worsen his health in an attempt to get out of jail and go to Moscow for treatment or to take his own life."
MAKE SURE YOU READ THIS ONE IN FULL
http://www.theledger.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060314/ZNYT03/603140416 March 14,2006
Expert Suggests Milosevic Died in a Drug Ploy
"Milosevic had constant high blood pressure, and the cocktail that always works was having no effect," Dr. Uges said. "So
Touw had concluded that another medicine was being used to stimulate the liver and to neutralize this cocktail. He asked me
for a report, a counter-expertise, because his own report had been dismissed by Milosevic's lawyers."
"We both had the idea there was an unknown drug which broke down his own medication, and we got the idea that the most
efficient was rifampicin," he said. "I wrote a report about this in January, which was sent to the court."
"In late February," he said, "I was asked to check a blood sample for rifampicin and found it," he said, adding that he was
told only later that it belonged to Mr. Milosevic.
Dr. Uges said it was an unusual test. "Normally when you screen for toxic drugs you never screen for rifampicin because it is
specific for tuberculosis and leprosy, so unless you have a reason, you don't look for it," he said.
http://www.aberdeennews.com/mld/inquirer/news/nation/14099919.htm?source=rss&channel=inquirer_nation March 15, 2006
Officials: Milosevic had access to drugs smuggled into prison
Slobodan Milosevic had regular access to drugs and alcohol smuggled into his prison cell, yet the U.N. war-crimes tribunal
failed to take action despite warnings, tribunal officials said yesterday.
Two officials told the Associated Press that the unit's prison warden had cautioned the tribunal president and registrar that
as a result, Milosevic's health could not be guaranteed.
Nevertheless, they said, no action was taken to tighten supervision. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because of
the tribunal's strict confidentiality rules.
The officials, who had access to confidential reports on Milosevic's incarceration, were countering allegations by Milosevic
loyalists that the former Serb president had been poisoned or unwittingly given harmful drugs. They said two doctors had
concluded that Milosevic intentionally took drugs that undermined the medicine prescribed for his heart ailments, in order to
slow the pace of his war-crimes trial.
Hours earlier, Milosevic's son had alleged his father was slain while in custody. "He got killed. He didn't die. He got
killed. There's a murder," Marko Milosevic said aboard a flight to the Netherlands to claim his father's body.
The prison warden, Timothy McFadden, declined interview requests, and Alexandra Milenov, a spokeswoman for the U.N. tribunal,
said the court could not comment "because the investigation into Milosevic's death is ongoing."
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,187640,00.html March 13, 2006
Doctor: Milosevic Took Antibiotics That Diluted Heart Medication
"First he wasn't taking his medicine. Then he was forced to take it under supervision and his blood pressure still didn't
come down. So his camp said: 'You see, these Dutch doctors don't know how to treat him and he should go to Russia,"' Uges
...U.N.-appointed doctors examined Milosevic in November and initially concluded he had been refusing to take his prescribed
medicine, since the blood pressure was not responding.
Under orders of the judges, Milosevic was then required to take his medicine under supervision, but the "pressure still
didn't come down," said Uges, a toxicologist from University Hospital of Groningen.
http://news.scotsman.com/international.cfm?id=378332006 March 13, 2006
Milosevic 'took wrong drugs on purpose to get to Russia'
SLOBODAN MILOSEVIC deliberately took the wrong medicine in the hope of securing a "one-way ticket to Moscow", it was claimed
A toxicologist has concluded the 64-year-old war crimes suspect deliberately took the wrong medicine so he would be sent to
Russia for treatment.
However, his requests for treatment for a heart condition in Moscow were refused.
According to reports, doctors treating Milosevic had found "unprescribed drugs" in his blood in recent tests.
They had reportedly been trying to find out why drugs he was receiving for high blood pressure and a heart condition had not
http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/14121325.htm March 17, 2006
Poison, drugs ruled out in Milosevic death
"No evidence of poisoning has been found," Pocar said, reading a report's preliminary results. A number of prescribed
medications were found in his body, "but not in toxic concentrations," he said.
He also said no traces were found of the powerful antibiotic rifampicine, which a Dutch toxicologist had reported finding in
a blood sample taken from the Serb leader earlier this year.
Rifampicine, which affects the liver's ability to break down enzymes, was thought to have blunted the affect of the
beta-blockers Milosevic was taking for his blood pressure, leading to speculation that it could have contributed to his
Since the drug disappears quickly from the body, the report said, it was unlikely that it "had been ingested or administered
in the last few days before death."
The article below on Milosevic's murder by NATO is what is known in intelligence agency circles as "a limited hangout" =be prepared for some surprisng admissions on Milosevic's so-called "heart condition".
http://www.iht.com/articles/2006/03/15/news/mystery.php March 18,2006
A ruse or poisoning? Medical mystery swirls around Milosevic
...Dr. Patrick Barriot, another French physician who visited Milosevic frequently - last in December - said the former
Serbian leader was suffering from increasingly severe high blood pressure in the six months before his death, with symptoms
including headaches, visual changes and a constant thrumming noise in his ears.
The pressure routinely read 180/110, the physician said, well above safe limits.
"Each time I saw him, he was clearly deteriorating, more and more tired," said Barriot, who came to know Milosevic when
stationed in the former Yugoslavia, and who testified as a defense witness.
Although long-term high blood pressure strains the heart and increases the risk of heart attack, Milosevic did not have any
classic symptoms of heart disease, such as chest pain, Leclercq said.
When she heard the autopsy verdict of heart attack, she was surprised.
Attempts to make sense of Milosevic's death are hampered by the fact that reams of medical exams, a list of the medicines he
was taking and details of the autopsy are regarded as confidential by the court.
Doctors permitted to see him, or medical records, said they had to sign promises not to divulge details. A toxicology report
is expected later this week.
What is clear is that recently Miloevic's blood pressure, a problem since the start of his trial, had became increasingly
difficult to control, and prison doctors long suspected him of not taking his medicine, said Donald Uges, one of two Dutch
toxicologists consulted on the case.
After several weeks of sleuthing, the toxicologists recently determined instead that he had ingested the antibiotic
rifampicin, which would blunt the effect of his blood pressure medicine. Uges, as well as tribunal officials speaking on the
condition of anonymity, suggested that the antibiotic was taken intentionally, smuggled in by visitors.
But Barriot dismissed the charge, saying that Milosevic had called him several times recently, "very anxious about his blood
pressure" and whether detention-center guards were giving him the right medicine - a worry he brought up in court as well.
"He had no confidence in the drugs or the treatments that were given him in jail," Barriot said.
Leclercq said that when she examined Milosevic last Nov. 4 with two other physicians, "his cardiac situation was extremely
difficult to evaluate."
Prison officials assured her that some cardiac tests, like an ultrasound, had been done and were "normal" but could not show
her the actual test results, leaving her to conclude that more was needed, she said from her clinic at the Hôpital Arnaud de
Villeneuve, in Montpellier, France.
"What was shocking was that in four years lots of tests and exams on his heart had never been done," said Dr. Vukasin Andric,
a Serbian physician who also examined that day, noting that Milosevic had had thorough evaluations of organs.
Alexandra Milenov, a spokesperson for the tribunal, said Milosevic had been examined repeatedly by prison doctors and
independent specialists, including cardiologists, and that medicine had to be taken under supervision, though in court papers
doctors complained that they could not properly monitor Milosevic's medicine intake because of his relatively unencumbered
access to visitors.
...Last Nov. 15, when Milosevic repeatedly interrupted trial proceedings with attempts to discuss a medical report, judges
cut him short:
Judge Patrick Robinson: I do not wish to have it discussed now. Are you deaf? Call your next witness.
Milosevic: I probably am deaf.
Judge Robinson: Well if you are, we'll see about that. Call the next witness.
Last fall, because of concerns about his declining health - notably the severe phantom noise in his ears - Milosevic
requested a consultation by the outside doctors, a review that Barriot helped to arrange. The experts included Leclercq, Dr.
Margarita Shumilina, a Russian vascular specialist, and Dr. Vukasin Andric, an ear specialist.
Shumulina and Andric concluded that Milosevic's hearing problems were "symptoms of disordered brain circulation because of
hypertension," according to a confidential report, part of which was read to a reporter.
In practical terms, the team suggested a six-week break in the trial to "reduce or at least stabilize" symptoms - an idea met
with skepticism on the court, whose own experts had concluded that the hearing problems were not indicative of serious
vascular problems, and that rest would have no effect.
After more than four years of proceedings, the judges were also under some pressure to bring the trial to an end.
...By January his blood pressure readings became increasingly erratic, with levels as high as 260/180, Andric has said in the
Serbian press. Irate at charges that he had not been taking his medicine, Milosevic agreed to an examination in the prison
infirmary, remaining under observation for hours after taking his pills.
"The test established that when I take medication under control, the level of that medication in my blood is far below the
expected level," he told the court.
Ironically, it was in part that exercise that led prison doctors to suspect foul play, perhaps by Milosevic, Uges said.
Was there some substance that would nullify the blood pressure medicines?
"We realized that the only thing that could do this was rifampicin," he said. A blood sample was found to contain the
Used commonly to treat tuberculosis, rifampicin is known to reduce the effect of other medicines, from oral contraceptives to
blood pressure pills, by stimulating liver enzymes that break down a host of drugs.
But how did rifampicin get into his blood: Was Milosevic intentionally taking it? Or was someone with access to the prison
trying to poison him, a charge his supporters and family make?
The drug is common in prison pharmacies in Russia and the United States, where tuberculosis is relatively common, but TB is
rare in the Netherlands. Milenov could not say if rifampicin was stocked in the detention center.
In any event, some experts said rifampicin itself was unlikely to explain Milosevic's death, since he did not die of a
stroke, a far more common problem with high blood pressure.
Also, its effects on blood pressure "could have simply been counteracted by increasing the dose of President Milosevic's
medicine," as is commonly required in patients on rifampicin, said Joris Delanghe, a physician and toxicologist at the
University of Ghent.
Skeptics point out that rifampicin is a difficult substance for anyone to use surreptitiously, since its effects are variable
and it turns the urine red. And this 64-year-old with a history of smoking and high blood pressure may well have had
undetected heart disease, doctors said.
A cunning way to kill a man that needs no expertise
The Times (London) - March 14, 2006, Tuesday
By: Dr. Thomas Stuttaford
We have known for years that Milosevic had a bad heart, with hypertensive heart disease associated with coronary heart
disease and myocardial ischemia. As a result, the blood supply to his heart was inadequate and I'm surprised that he lived as
long as he did.
He should have been considered for a coronary bypass or angioplasty (unblocking of the arteries). The problem here is that if
someone suffers from severe heart disease, their heart may no longer be strong enough to take a better arterial blood supply.
I have not heard of rifampicin being used to mask the effects of another drug, but the mechanism by which drugs can interfere
with one another is known as the "grapefruit effect", because grapefruit interferes with the metabolic pathways of many
drugs. Imagine the route that a drug takes into the body as a series of alleyways. When one drug is taken to interfere with
another, it is like sending a lorry down a narrow highway, preventing other traffic from reaching its destination.
In this case, rifampicin was apparently used to block the pathway for heart medication. This would have built up behind, like
traffic building up on a congested road. With the drugs unable to reach the liver, they would go round and round in the blood
supply -building up to dangerous levels and potentially causing terrific damage -but with their effects entirely negated.
You don't have to be terribly skilled to establish which drugs interfere with others. They are listed in a reference book
called Martindale's and any would be poisoner could have looked up the pharmacology of the drugs that Milosevic was being
prescribed and discovered those that used the same pathways.
The interaction of drugs is a constant worry in medicine. I never heard of anyone deliberately using this to poison a
patient, but it is unquestionably a cunning way of doing it.
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Milosevic deliberately took wrong medicine: expert March 13, 2006
Former Yugoslav president Slobodan Milosevic deliberately took a drug that neutralised his heart medicine, an expert who
examined his blood alleges.
"I am sure he took the medicine himself because he wanted a one-way ticket to Moscow (for treatment)," Dutch toxicologist
Donald Uges told AFP, a day after an official autopsy concluded Milosevic died of a heart attack.
"That is why he took rifampicin," a powerful antibiotic used to treat leprosy or tuberculosis that countered the effects of
Milosevic's heart medication, he said.
However, he cannot prove the claim.
Dr Uges, a toxicologist for the University of Groningen, says he examined 64-year-old Milosevic's blood two weeks ago at the
request of the Dutch doctors who wanted to know why his blood pressure was not dropping despite medication.
http://www.voanews.com/english/archive/2006-04/Dutch-Official-Says-Milosevic-Died-of-Natural-Causes.cfm April 05, 2006
Dutch Official Says Milosevic Died of Natural Causes
"Dutch prosecutor's say their toxicological examination found traces in Milosevic's body only of the substances he was
prescribed - and not in toxic concentrations. There were no traces of unprescribed medicines, including the strong antibiotic
that was found in his blood in January and which Milsoevic said was put there by people trying to silence him.
"A Dutch expert had said he took the medicine himself to try and get treatment in Moscow, where his wife is living.
But prosecutors say it is not likely Milosevic took the drug in the days before his death. They also say that despite the
fact that non-prescribed drugs were found in his cell last year, no such drugs were found the day after his death."
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,190638,00.html April 5, 2006
Dutch Prosecutors: No Evidence Milosevic Was Murdered
THE HAGUE, Netherlands — Dutch prosecutors concluded Wednesday that former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic died of a heart attack and was not killed while in U.N. custody, countering allegations by his family that he was slain.
Milosevic, who was 64 and had a history of heart problems, was found dead in his cell on March 11, prompting allegations from his family and supporters that he had been poisoned or had died as a result of neglect by his U.N.-appointed doctors.
The former Yugoslav leader had been on trial in The Hague, Netherlands, for genocide and crimes against humanity
"The district attorney concluded that Mr. Milosevic died of natural causes and there is no indication that his death was the result of a crime," prosecutors said in a statement.
March 14, 2006
U.N. Official: Court Knew Milosevic Had Access to Drugs, Alcohol
The tribunal official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of strict confidentiality rules, told the AP that the unit's prison warden had told the court that he could no longer guarantee Milosevic's health.
The official said prison authorities repeatedly found banned material in his cell, including alcohol and unprescribed drugs.
Warden Timothy McFadden refused interview requests and U.N. tribunal spokeswoman Alexandra Milenov said the court could not comment "because the investigation into Milosevic's death is ongoing."
The tribunal official, who has access to confidential documents on Milosevic's medication use, said two doctors concluded the former Serb leader was intentionally taking drugs that undermined the prescribed medication for his heart ailment.
Milosevic, who was defending himself against 66 counts of war crimes, was allowed to work in a private office where he could meet privately with witnesses and legal advisers, making it impossible to monitor material they may have smuggled in to him, the official said.
A Dutch toxicologist, Donald Uges, said Monday that blood tests he conducted on samples taken from Milosevic earlier this year uncovered traces of a drug used to treat leprosy or tuberculosis that would neutralize the effects of the beta-blockers he was taking to control his blood pressure.
The official said other doctors had found similar results in their tests.
U.N. prosecutors complained as early as 2004 that Milosevic was defying his regime of prescribed medication and taking other drugs to manipulate his health to his advantage during court proceedings. The trial was repeatedly interrupted at critical points because of the defendant's ill health.
Four Russian medical experts traveled Tuesday to the Netherlands to examine the results, saying they distrusted the findings and the care Milosevic received from U.N. authorities.
March 14, 2006
Tribunal Had Warnings on Milosevic Drugs
Slobodan Milosevic had regular access to drugs and alcohol smuggled into his prison cell, yet the U.N. war crimes tribunal failed to take action despite warnings, tribunal officials said Tuesday.
Two officials told The Associated Press the unit's prison warden had cautioned the tribunal president and registrar that as a result, Milosevic's health could not be guaranteed.
Nevertheless, they said, no action was taken to tighten supervision. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because of the tribunal's strict confidentiality rules.
The officials, who had access to confidential reports on Milosevic's incarceration, were countering allegations by Milosevic's loyalists that the former Serb president was poisoned or unwittingly given harmful drugs. They said two doctors had concluded that Milosevic intentionally took drugs that undermined the medicine prescribed for his heart ailments, in order to slow the pace of his war crimes trial.
Hours earlier, Milosevic's son alleged his father was murdered in custody. "He got killed. He didn't die. He got killed. There's a murder," Marko Milosevic told AP Television News aboard a flight to the Netherlands to claim the body.
Prison warden Timothy McFadden refused interview requests, and U.N. tribunal spokeswoman Alexandra Milenov said the court could not comment "because the investigation into Milosevic's death is ongoing."
March 17, 2006
UN Tribunal: Milosevic Not Poisoned
The United Nations War Crimes Tribunal says former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic did not die of poisoning. The announcement came Friday amid growing concern in Serbia over the circumstances surrounding his death in a Dutch prison cell.
Speaking to reporters, the president of the UN War Crimes Tribunal, Fausto Pocar, said experts have found no evidence that Milosevic was poisoned or took an overdose of medicine.
"A toxicological examination was carried out after the autopsy resulting in the following provisional findings: So far no indications of poisoning have been found," he said. "A number of medicines prescribed for Mr. Milosevic were found in the body material, but not in toxic concentrations..."
March 17, 2006
U.N.: Milosevic Wasn't Poisoned
(CBS/AP) An autopsy and tests on Slobodan Milosevic's blood found no evidence of poison or medicines in concentrations that could have killed him, the U.N. war crimes tribunal said Friday
Tribunal President Judge Fausto Pocar also said an outside investigation will be conducted on the running of the U.N. detention center where Milosevic was held during his four-year trial and where he died last Saturday.
"According to the pathologists, Slobodan Milosevic's cause of death was a myocardial infarction," Pocar said (audio). "Further, the pathologists identified two heart conditions that Slobodan Milosevic suffered from, which they said would explain the myocardial infarction. He added that a team of Russian pathologists reviewed the report and were in full agreement.
Questions were raised about the cause of the fatal cardiac problem after it was reported he had been taking medicines that were not prescribed by the U.N. cardiologist.
"No evidence of poisoning has been found," Pocar said, reading the preliminary results of a Dutch toxicology report.
A number of prescribed medications were found in his body, "but not in toxic concentrations," he said.
He also said no traces were found of the powerful antibiotic rifampicine, which a Dutch toxicologist had reported finding in a blood sample taken from the Serb leader earlier this year.
Rifampicine, which affects the liver's ability to break down enzymes, was thought to have blunted the effect of medication he was taking for his blood pressure, leading to speculation that it could have contributed to his death.
Since the drug disappears quickly from the body, the report said, it was unlikely that it "had been ingested or administered in the last few days before death."
Holthuis, the tribunal's administrative head, ordered an external investigation to find out how Milosevic obtained drugs he was not supposed to have.
Tribunal officials earlier said he also had regular access to alcohol.
May 31, 2006
Milosevic not poisoned, did self-medicate: UN court
Slobodan Milosevic died of natural causes not poisoning but security breaches did allow the former Yugoslav president to self-medicate, the U.N. tribunal said on Wednesday.
"Nothing has been found to support allegations reported in some sections of the media that Mr Milosevic had been murdered, in particular by poisoning," said an internal report by the tribunal into Milosevic's death in his cell in March.
"It cannot be concluded that there was a failure to provide proper care by those treating Mr Milosevic," it said.