Tuesday, March 14, 2006

UN court closes Milosevic trial

Brussels, March 14, 2006 (Xinhua)

The UN war crimes tribunal in The Hague formally closed the four-year trial of Slobodan Milosevic Tuesday following the weekend death of the former Yugoslavian president. According to reports, presiding judge Patrick Robinson said at a short hearing "His (Slobodan Milosevic) death terminates these proceedings." The hearing lasted only two minutes." An order will be issued shortly terminating the proceedings," Robinson said before leaving the chamber.

Milosevic had faced charges of genocide and war crimes in relation to the Balkan wars of the 1990s. The 64-year-old former president was found dead Saturday morning in his cell at The Hague-based UN court. UN war crimes tribunal spokeswoman Alexandra Milenov said Sunday that an autopsy revealed Milosevic had died of a heart attack.


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