(Paris) A cloud of suspicion has enveloped the death of former Serbian leader Slobodan Milosevic, with evidence emerging today that the jailed man may have taken medication he wasn't supposed to. The official cause of death has been listed as a heart attack.
Some theories suggest that Milosevic was poisoned, while others claim that smuggled drugs may have deliberately been consumed by Milosevic in order to facilitate being sent to Moscow for treatment. The wife and son of the former Serbian president live in Moscow.
A handwritten note was also released today that Milosevic allegedly wrote on March 6; in the letter he claims knowledge of unprescribed medications in his system:
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... 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 prisonFurther complicating the circumstances of the death of Slobodan Milosevic is the question of where to hold the funeral and burial. A return to Serbia may reignite nationalist sentiments and trigger a backlash against the pro-democracy forcs who bought about his overthrow in 2000.
There is also the possibility that Milosevic, on trial for war crimes, might end up becoming a political martyr for Serbian nationalists, and the mysterious circumstances of his death might lead to renewed sectarian violence in the Balkans.