11일 헤이그 유엔 전범재판소 감옥에서 숨진채로 발견된 전범 용의자 슬로보단 밀로세비치 피고는 심장과 고혈압 등으로 건강이 나빴으며 그 때문에 그의 재판이 여러 차례 중단됐었습니다.
전범재판소 관계관들은 밀로세비치 피고가 자연적인 원인으로 사망한 것 같으나 부검과 독극물 관련 검사를 통해 공식 사인이 발표될 것이라고 말했습니다. 64세인 밀로세비치는 1989년에 세르비아 대통령에 당선된후 1990년대 초 구유고슬라비아 전쟁에서 잔혹한 인종청소를 자행한 것 등 60여건의 반인륜적 전범혐의로 2002년 2월부터 재판을 받아왔습니다.
밀로세비치는 전범재판소에서 재판을 받은 최초의 국가원수였으며 그는 자신에 대한 재판과 기소가 허위라고 주장했었습니다.
Former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic has been found dead in his prison cell at the United Nations war crimes tribunal in The Hague. A statement issued by the tribunal (Saturday) says Milosevic's lifeless body was found on his bed. Officials say it appears that he died of natural causes, but a full autopsy and toxicology exam were ordered.
The 64-year-old Milosevic had been on trial in The Hague since February 2002, facing more than 60 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity for his role in the Balkan conflicts. His trial was interrupted repeatedly because of his poor health resulting from a heart condition and high blood pressure. Milosevic became president of Serbia in 1989. He was blamed for Serbian military aggression and brutal ethnic cleansing policies after Yugoslavia disintegrated in the early 1990s.
He also was implicated for similar crimes in Kosovo and Croatia after he became president of what was left of Yugoslavia (Serbia and Montenegro) in 1997. The Serbian native lost re-election in a 2000 presidential vote, but only relinquished power after widespread strikes and demonstrations. He was arrested in 2001 and was turned over to the U.N. tribunal. Milosevic was the first head of state to face an international war crimes court. He called the tribunal and the indictments against him false.