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Yugoslav Official Hangs Himself in Hotel

April 13, 2002|From Times Wire Reports

Miodrag Kovac, Yugoslavia's health and labor minister, committed suicide by hanging himself with his belt in his hotel room in Madrid, police and diplomats said.

A Yugoslav Embassy spokesman said authorities did not believe Kovac's death was connected to the attempted suicide Thursday in Belgrade of war crimes suspect Vlajko Stojiljkovic, who shot himself in the head after parliament approved a law allowing extraditions to a Hague war crimes tribunal.

The spokesman said a suicide note contained only a personal message to his family. Kovac, 54, was in Spain for the U.N. Second World Assembly on Aging.

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