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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Milosevic's Ill Health Delays Trial Again

THE HAGUE, Netherlands -- Former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic did not appear at his war crimes trial Tuesday due to exhaustion and high blood pressure -- just a day after rejecting demands he accept a defense lawyer to speed up his trial.

Judge Richard May ordered a medical report on Milosevic's health to find out "when can he resume trial and a prognosis of his future fitness."

Milosevic's poor health already has delayed proceedings by more than a month since he was brought to The Hague in June 2001. He has conducted his own defense, spending hours preparing his case in his jail cell and personally cross-examining witnesses.

Chief prosecutor Carla Del Ponte said the court should appoint Milosevic a defense lawyer. She said his decision to represent himself is stalling the trial.

On Monday, in his first appearance after a 10-day recess due to illness, Milosevic rejected the prosecutor's proposal and called it "completely illegal, absurd and evil-minded."