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Tuesday, 3 April, 2001, 14:32 GMT 15:32 UK
Milosevic the inmate
Belgrade central prison
Belgrade prison: One of Europe's grimmest
Like all the other inmates, Belgrade's central prison's most notorious prisoner is confined to a cell with no windows.

Accustomed to living in luxury, the former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic has since Sunday been locked away in what has been described as one of Europe's grimmest prisons, with no access to radio, television or telephone.

Slobodan Milosevic
Milosevic sleeps in a renovated cell
As stated in the regulations, Slobodan Milosevic, former president of Yugoslavia, was fingerprinted, had mug shots taken, and was stripped of his belt, shoelaces, watch and documents.

But in a prison described by former inmates as dirty, rat-infested and crowded, the perks he does have could make all the difference.

Prison hotel

While most convicts share a cell with about a dozen others, the former president has been given his own cell - one of four recently reconstructed for "special guests".

In that part of prison - dubbed "The Hyatt" in reference to the five-star hotel chain - the cells each have a toilet with a seat, but no lid, and a built-in shower.

Mira Milosevic
Milosevic's wife offered to bring him home-made food
They may not have windows, but here privileged inmates can turn their own ceiling light on and off, and face freshly whitewashed walls.

For his own safety, Mr Milosevic is also allowed walks on his own in the prison courtyard after other prisoners are cleared out.

Mr Milosevic's lawyer, Toma Fila, has said his client feels "as well as any man can feel while in jail."

He does not have television or radio, but Mr Fila says he will bring newspapers everyday.

Mr Milosevic's wife, Mira, has promised to bring books and home-cooked food.

But the former president is reported to be satisfied with prison fare and has refused the offer.

"He is receiving outstanding jail treatment for general conditions in this country - even though he has no television, no VCR and no gym, like he would in The Hague," said his lawyer.

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