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Vote card sent to dead president
Slobodan Milosevic (file photo)
Slobodan Milosevic died at the detention unit in March
Former Serbian president Slobodan Milosevic has been invited to vote in an upcoming referendum, despite having died while awaiting trial in March.

Serbia's Press newspaper said a voting card had been sent out, inviting him to a polling station in a Belgrade suburb.

Milosevic died of natural causes on 11 March before the conclusion of a war crimes tribunal in The Hague over his conduct during the Bosnian war.

The referendum this weekend will gauge public opinion on Kosovan independence.

It follows an amendment to the constitution last month stating that the breakaway region of Kosovo is a sovereign Serbian territory.

Milosevic fought a bloody war in the late 1990s to prevent Kosovo seceding from Serbian-dominated Yugoslavia.

The conflict led to a Nato war against Serbia in 1999, in the aftermath of which Milosevic was overthrown by a popular uprising.

He was extradited to the Hague war crimes tribunal in 2001 and died of a heart attack while on trial for charges including genocide.

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