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War Crimes Suspect Dies After Shooting Himself

April 14, 2002|From Times Wire Reports

Veteran Serbian politician and war crimes indictee Vlajko Stojiljkovic, who shot himself in the head outside the Yugoslav parliament in Belgrade on Thursday, died, a doctor said.

Stojiljkovic shot himself hours after parliament passed a law under heavy U.S. financial pressure to send him and other war crimes suspects to a U.N. tribunal in The Hague.

In a note, he blamed Yugoslavia's reformist leaders for his act, which provoked small but vocal protests of solidarity from nationalist sympathizers.

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