Sunday, March 12, 2006
Milosevic feared he was being poisoned: LawyerI don't know if there are any poisons so subtle that the soert of very thorough spectroscopic analysis available in Moscow would fail to show it (& quite possibly nobody, not even the CIA, can be certain - or at least can be certain that such techniques will be possible in future).
Press Trust of India - The Hague, March 12, 2006
Slobodan Milosevic, who was found dead in his cell bed on Saturday, feared he was being poisoned in prison, his legal advisor Zdenko Tomanovic told journalists at the UN warcrimes court in The Hague.
"Mister Milosevic said there were attempts to poison him in the prison," Tomanovic said.
"After consultation with Milosevic's family, I have officially insisted that the autopsy not be carried out in The Hague but in Moscow," he added.
Tomanovic has been Milosevic's key legal advisor since the former Yugoslav president went on trial in The Hague in 2002.
He is not formally Milosevic's lawyer before the UN court because Milosevic refused to appoint one, deciding instead to represent himself.
Certainly his wife has the right to insist on it.
If NATO refuses it I do not think anybody could honestly claim certainty that this is not merely a very convenient death but state murder. Not the first such. Since the ICTY will know this any refusal would be inexplicable in any other terms.