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'My husband was subject to torture', says Milosevic's wife

New | March 14 2006

Belgrade: Mirjana Markovic, the wife of dead UN war crimes suspect and former Yugoslav president, Slobodan Milosevic, charged in an interview Monday that her husband "was killed by the Hague tribunal" by means of torture.

In an interview to the Belgrade daily Vecernje Novosti, she stated: "They kept cameras and lights on in Slobodan's cell non-stop, so that he could not sleep. That is an officially recognised form of torture."

Markovic said that, if it were up to her, Milosevic would be buried in his hometown of Pozarevac in Serbia. "Unfortunately, I am still a hostage of the Interpol wanted list."

Markovic is on an Interpol wanted list as she failed to appear at any hearings of her trial before a Belgrade court for abuse of power.

"How can I go to The Hague to claim his body, when I am on the Interpol wanted list?" Markovic replied to a question on whether she would claim Milosevic's body.

Milosevic's burial site has not yet been decided, as the Serbian authorities refused a request by the Socialist Party of Serbia, which Milosevic headed, to have him buried in Belgrade with full state honours.

Former Yugoslav and Serbian strongman Milosevic was found dead in his holding cell in The Hague early Saturday. The cause of his death was heart failure, according to preliminary autopsy reports.

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