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No amnesty for Milosevic widow - source

Written by: Staff

BELGRADE, Mar 12 (Reuters) Serbian President Boris Tadic will not grant an amnesty to the widow of Slobodan Milosevic to enable her to attend his funeral, a source close to the president's office said today.

Milosevic's wife, Mira Markovic, fled the country for Russia in 2003 ducking charges of abusing her state position by granting an apartment to her grandson's nanny. She would have to be arrested if she set foot on Serbian soil.

Milosevic's son Marko also lives in exile in Russia.

''President Tadic will not grant amnesty to either Mira or Marko,'' a source close to the president told Reuters.

The president's office decline to confirm the report.

It is still undecided where the former Serb leader, who died in detention in The Hague yesterday, will be buried.

Belgrade media report widow Markovic, son Marko and daughter Marija do not agree on the issue.

Both Markovic and Marko are said to want Milosevic, who was 64, to be buried in Moscow. Marija lives in Montenegro where Milosevic's parents came from.

Supporters of his Socialist Party and the opposition Radical Party say Milosevic should get a funeral befitting a former president and be buried in Belgrade cemetery's Alley of Heroes.

A case against Marko for mistreating an opposition activist was dropped after the alleged victim abruptly reversed his testimony last year. It is not clear if the arrest warrant against him has been withdrawn.


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