Preliminary toxicology results following the death of former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic do not indicate that he was poisoned or took incorrect medication, officials in The Hague have said.
Milosevic's representatives said he was poisoned at The Hague
Below is the text of a letter confirming the results, from The Hague district public prosecutor at the international war crimes tribunal at The Hague.
Further to the provisional autopsy findings of 12 March, that were sent to you earlier, with the provisional conclusion that Mr Milosevic apparently died from a heart infarction, I state the following:
A toxicological examination was carried out after the autopsy, resulting in the following provisional findings:
- so far, no indications of poisoning have been found;
- a number of medicines prescribed for Mr. Milosevic were found in the body material, but not in toxic concentration;
- so far, no traces of rifampicin were found.
The NFI/Dutch Forensic Institute has informed us that rifampicin disappears from the body quickly, and the fact that no traces were found implies only that it is not likely that rifampicin had been ingested or administered in the last few days before death.
In view of all the speculation in the media, it seems appropriate that I should inform you in the meantime of these results.
However, the examination has not yet been concluded, and it will be continued in the coming week, among other things on the basis of medical data provided by the ICTY [the tribunal].
I would like to stress that these are provisional results. We hope to be able to provide you with additional information at the end of next week.
The above information will be made available in the form of a press release by The Hague District Public Prosecutor's Office.
Senior Public Prosecutor