Slow Justice: UN style

Apparently, our justice system isn’t entirely unique in terms of the length of time in resolving cases. In this news article, former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic died in a United Nations cell. Milosevic was charged with ‘war crimes’ and ‘crimes against humanity’ for his participation in the Balkan Wars during the 1990s.

Of course, many were sort-of thankful for the death of the former Yugoslav president. Somehow, ‘justice’ was served to the relatives of those who were massacred during the war. On the other hand, there were others who felt that that Milosevic ‘escaped’ his sentencing. “It is not fair that the bastard died in a dream while others died in pain,” said 43-year-old Belgrade resident Duska in this report.

Families and supporters are blaiming The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (or ICTY) for neglecting the Milosevic’s medical needs and for dragging the case for so long. The Hague-based tribunal denies the allegations, saying that they ‘took proper care’ of all its detainees. (I wonder if it’s the same care that our police show to detainees as well?)

It is interesting to note though that a week before Milosevic’s death, another detainee died in the detention center.

Milosevic’s death followed an embarrassment earlier in the week when it was announced that former Croatian Serb leader Milan Babic had committed suicide in the detention center.

In addition to this, two other detainees died in their custody a few years back.

Hm. So how exactly does the Hague-based International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) take care of their detainees?

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