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    THE HAGUE, Netherlands (CNN) -- Tests on blood taken from Slobodan Milosevic before he died showed traces of a drug that counters the effect of high blood pressure medicine, a Dutch toxicologist said Monday.

    The tests -- conducted two weeks ago -- showed traces of rifampicin, a drug against leprosy and tuberculosis that would have made other medicines ineffective, Reuters quoted Groningen University toxicologist Donald Uges as saying.

    Uges told The Associated Press he was asked to inspect the sample after Milosevic's blood pressure failed to respond to medication given by doctors at the U.N. detention center near The Hague, where he was being held during his war crimes trial.

    Uges said rifampicin "makes the liver extremely active. If you're taking something (another medication) it breaks down very quickly," he told AP.

    Uges told Reuters he believed Milosevic took the drugs himself to try to prove that his medical care at The Hague was inadequate in an attempt to go to Russia for specialist medical treatment.

    Last month, the war crimes tribunal rejected his request to travel to Moscow for treatment.

    "I am so sure there is no murder. There is not any reason for that," Reuters quoted Uges as saying.

    "I don't think he took his medicines for suicide -- only for his trip to Moscow. When he was in Moscow he would be free. That is where his friends and family are. I think that was his last possibility to escape the Hague," Uges said.

    Preliminary autopsy results released late Sunday indicated that the former Yugoslav president died of a heart attack, according to a spokeswoman for the U.N. war crimes tribunal.

    Two pathologists from Belgrade attended the autopsy and gave the tribunal a summary, said spokeswoman Alexandra Milenov.

    "According to the pathologists, the cause of death was a myocardial infarction," or heart attack, she said.

    The pathologists also said two heart conditions the former leader suffered from "would explain the myocardial infarction," according to Milenov.

    Still, she stressed, the cause of death was preliminary, and a toxicology report would still be carried out. She said a final report would not be complete for several days.

    Milosevic was found dead in his cell on Saturday. The autopsy was carried out by Dutch authorities, with the two Serbian doctors overseeing their work.

    On Monday, Dutch prosecutors released his body, a U.N. tribunal official told AP. It was unknown who took possession of the body or where it would be taken for burial. (Clash over burial site)

    An attorney for Milosevic said Monday that Milosevic's son Marko has applied for a visa to come to The Hague to claim the body of his father.

    In addition, Zdenko Tomanovic said Marko Milosevic hopes to transport the body of his father to Belgrade for burial. Tomanovic said he had told the war crimes tribunal that Marko Milosevic hoped to take custody of the body Monday or Tuesday.

    He said an application also had been made with authorities in Belgrade to lift an arrest warrant for Milosevic's widow, Mirjana Markovic, which would allow her to travel from Russia, where she now lives, to attend Milosevic's funeral.

    Belgrade is the capital of Serbia and was also the capital of the former Yugoslavia.

    Meanwhile, Russia confirmed receiving a recent letter from Milosevic in which he complained that he had received inappropriate treatment.

    "In this handwritten letter Slobodan Milosevic talks about inadequate treatment by doctors of the International Tribunal for Former Yugoslavia and reiterates his request for support from Russia in getting permission to undergo treatment in a Moscow clinic," a Russian Foreign Ministry statement said.

    Milosevic's aides handed the letter to the Russian Embassy in the Netherlands on Saturday, and the Russian Foreign Ministry received it Sunday, AP quoted ministry spokesman Mikhail Kamynin as saying.

    On Saturday, attorney Tomanovic said Milosevic had asserted there were attempts to poison him while he was in custody.

    He showed reporters a six-page letter Milosevic wrote Friday -- the day before his death -- claiming that traces of a "heavy drug" were found in his blood, AP said. The letter was addressed to the Russian Embassy asking for help.

    Tomanovic said Milosevic was "seriously concerned" he was being poisoned. "'They would like to poison me,"' he quoted Milosevic as telling him.

    Milosevic had said substances were interfering with his blood pressure medication. Milosevic had high blood pressure, heart problems and other ailments.

    "The tribunal has killed my husband," his widow, Mirjana, told CNN.

    His brother Boroslav said that "all responsibility for what has happened rests with" the tribunal. "It is four months since Slobodan asked to let him go for medical treatment."(Watch Milosevic's brother blame the tribunal -- 4:15)

    Milosevic, 64, nicknamed the "Butcher of the Balkans," was on trial for 66 counts of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes in the Balkans during the 1990s.

    His death came just a few months before the expected conclusion of his trial, which had lasted more than four years. (Watch what allegations brought Milosevic to The Hague -- 4:46)

    U.N. war crimes prosecutor Carla del Ponte characterized suggestions that Milosevic may have committed suicide or been poisoned, as his lawyer and some of his supporters have charged, as "rumors."

    "Until we have precise facts and results, it's absolutely rumors," she said. "So, I'm not commenting on these rumors."

    She expressed regret and frustration that Milosevic died before his trial was ended and a verdict reached.

    "It deprives the victims of the justice they need and deserve," she told reporters. "What they are asking for is that justice be done, and now it will not be possible." (Watch a concentration camp survivor share his thoughts -- 4:51)

    Judge Fausto Pocar, the president of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, also said the death shortchanged victims and their families.

    "It is extremely unfortunate that the victims and their families will not have a final answer in this case," he said.
    "Watch what people are cynical about, and one can often discover what they lack. -- Gen. George S. Patton

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