Let his death signal the beginning of an end to tyranny and genocide... although I don't have high hopes of this.
THE HAGUE, March 11 -- Slobodan Milosevic, the former president of Yugoslavia and architect of a decade of war that took more than 250,000 lives and tore the Balkans apart, was found dead in his prison cell here on Saturday morning, the United Nations war crimes tribunal said.
Mr. Milosevic, here in The Hague in 2003, was standing trial on charges of genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity in connection with his actions while he was the Yugoslav leader.
The tribunal said in a statement that guards had found Mr. Milosevic, 64, dead in his bed, apparently of natural causes, while they were on their regular rounds. But the time of his death was unclear, and the Dutch police and a coroner began a full investigation and autopsy. [Obituary, Page 30.]
"The guard immediately alerted the detention unit officer in command and the medical officer," the statement said. "The latter confirmed that Slobodan Milosevic was dead."