Traces of a drug used to treat leprosy and tuberculosis were found
in a blood sample taken in recent months from former Yugoslav President Slobodan
Milosevic, a news report has said.
The report came hours after Milosevic's legal adviser revealed a letter the
late Serb leader wrote on Friday, one day before his body was discovered in
prison, alleging that he was being poisoned.
In the report by state broadcaster NOS, a lawyer and commentator for the channel,
Heikelina Verrijn Stuart, said she had confirmation that doctors first noticed
the medicine in his blood in January.
Stuart said the drugs interfered with other medicine Milosevic was taking for
high blood pressure and vascular disease.
"They were counterproductive," said Stuart, a lawyer who has closely
followed the proceedings. "What we do know is that this is the cause of
death and you can't say that it was really a case of natural death."
Stuart said the tribunal only learned of the presence of the drug in his blood
last week, on March 7.
"It's naturally a riddle," she said.
Dutch doctors conducted a post mortem examination on Milosevic's remains on
Sunday, but the results were not expected to be released until Monday.
A tribunal spokeswoman said she could not comment on the news report. "We
don't have any information. We simply have to wait for the results" of
the autopsy report, said Alexandra Milenov.
Doctors found traces of the drug when they were searching for an answer to
why Milosevic's medication for high blood pressure was not working, the report