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Mikhail Kamynin, the Spokesman of Russia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Answers a Media Question Regarding Decision of International Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ITFY) Concerning Slobodan Milosevic's Request


The Russian side was a few days ago officially informed that the Trial Chamber of ITFY had rejected former President of Yugoslavia Slobodan Milosevic's request for provisional release from ITFY's jurisdiction to travel to Moscow for medical treatment at the Bakulev Scientific Center of Cardiovascular Surgery.

Guided by considerations of humanity, the Russian Federation had as early as January 17 sent ITFY the necessary guarantees envisaged by the Tribunal's Rules of Procedure and Proof, including, in particular, guarantees of Milosevic's personal security, his timely return to The Hague and the observance of all the conditions that might be laid down by ITFY regarding the ex-Yugoslav president's delivery to Russia and stay in our country. Milosevic also assumed necessary personal commitments.

Yet the Trial Chamber notes in its decision that the legal advisers of Milosevic failed to convince the judges that the treatment of the ex-Yugoslav president cannot be provided in the Netherlands. The ITFY judges also stressed that Milosevic is in the concluding stage of a very long trial, is charged with committing many serious crimes and, if found guilty, may be sentenced to life imprisonment. In these conditions, says the decision, the Trial Chamber is not convinced that that the accused, if released, would return for the continuation of the trial.

The Russian side takes note of the ITFY's decision. At the same time, that decision cannot but evoke regret in Moscow, especially as the Tribunal left the necessary guarantees given by the Russian Federation without attention.

February 25, 2006