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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Milosevic Asks to Visit Moscow

THE HAGUE, Netherlands -- Former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic on Monday asked judges at his war crimes trial for time off from prison to visit heart doctors in Moscow during the UN court's winter recess.

"This wouldn't even affect your schedule," Milosevic argued.

Presiding Judge Patrick Robinson appeared momentarily stunned by the request.

"This is an application for provisional release. ... I can't believe you're even making it," he said.

Milosevic is facing 66 counts of war crimes in Kosovo, Bosnia and Croatia during the 1990s.

He has been held in the court's maximum security detention center since he was extradited from Serbia in June 2001.

His trial has been running since early 2002, slowed by Milosevic's frequent bouts of illness.

He suffers from high blood pressure and three private doctors who examined him last month recommended six weeks' rest.

A court-appointed cardiologist agreed the former Serb leader could use a break, though he said six weeks was more than was needed.

Robinson said Monday that for Milosevic's request to leave prison to even be considered, he would have to make it in writing and offer guarantees for his safety, supervision and return to the court.

Milosevic's wife, Mirjana Markovich, and brother Borislav, a former Yugoslav ambassador to Russia, both live in Moscow.