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Thursday, 20 February, 2003, 18:05 GMT
Milosevic detention: Prison conditions
UN detention unit at Scheveningen, outside The Hague
Prison conditions are 'comfortable and informal'
Former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic enjoyed many of the comforts of home while he awaited trial at The Hague.

A gravesite at Vidomiric where 28 bodies of ethnic Albanians were found
Evidence? A graveyard for 28 ethnic Albanians in Kosovo
The tribunal's jail in Scheveningen - a pleasant seaside suburb of The Hague, about 2km (1.2 miles) from the tribunal - is a high-tech facility.

It is part of a working Dutch prison once used by the Nazis to detain Dutch resistance fighters.

Mr Milosevic and other indictees are housed in a special prison unit spread over four floors with 12 cells each, patrolled by UN guards.

Inmates in the UN wing each have their own cell of 15 square metres, equipped with modern conveniences. These include shower, toilet, washbasin and bed - as well as a desk, a coffee maker, bookshelves, a radio set and satellite television.

Detainees spend much of their time outside their rooms, and have access to a fully equipped gym, an outdoor courtyard, a library, a recreation room, a prison shop and a religion room for prayer.
International War Crimes Tribunal, The Hague
Mr Milosevic is being held close to the tribunal

There are special family rooms to spend time with relatives. Inmates may telephone their families for seven minutes a day, cook for themselves, paint or play the piano or guitar.

The conditions at the detention unit are informal. The staff pride themselves on providing a good quality of life to the Serbs, Croats and Muslims who mix freely.

Their physical and emotional well-being is cared for by doctors and psychiatrists, and if someone needs a massage, that is provided as well.

Familiar faces

Inside, Mr Milosevic will have met some familiar faces, including those of the only woman detainee, former Bosnian Serb President Biljana Plavsic, and the former speaker of the Bosnian Serb Parliament, Momcillo Krajisnik.

Also detained is Bosnian Serb General Radislav Krstic, accused of the genocide of Muslims at Srebrenica in Bosnia-Hercegovina.

Former Bosnian Serb President Biljana Plavsic
Biljana Plavsic: Only woman detainee
One of the main concerns of the tribunal's Chief Prosecutor, Carla del Ponte, is the length of time that the suspects spend in detention.

Although the tribunal was set up in 1993, only four war crimes suspects are actually serving prison terms in Germany, Finland and Norway.

More than 20 new temporary judges are taking on some cases, which will speed up the trial process. In September, the tribunal will be able to hold six trials simultaneously instead of the current three.


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