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Milosevic Heart Risk Discovered

July 26, 2002|From Associated Press

THE HAGUE — Former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic is at serious risk of a heart attack and needs more time to rest, a report issued after a U.N. medical examination has stated.

"Milosevic is a man with severe cardiovascular risk which requires future monitoring," presiding Judge Richard May of Britain said at the Yugoslav war crimes tribunal Thursday. Details of the medical report, ordered by the court in June after Milosevic spent several weeks in bed, were not released.

The tribunal recommended that Milosevic, who has led his own defense, appoint legal counsel to reduce his workload.

Responding angrily in court, Milosevic said he had never sought medical examination. He again refused to appoint a lawyer, saying the court "should not harbor any illusions that I am asking for anything."

Milosevic is being tried on 66 counts of war crimes allegedly committed during the Yugoslav federation's breakup in the 1990s.

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