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Milosevic Buried In Hometown

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Former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic has been buried on the grounds of his family home in the Serbian town of Pozarevac.

Thousands of supporterson Saturday lined the streets of the town east of the capital, Belgrade, as a hearse carrying the body of the accused war criminal slowly passed.

Earlier, officials from Milosevic's Socialist party said at least 50-thousand supporters gathered in a Belgrade city square to pay respects to the former leader, who died last week while in detention at the U.N. war crimes tribunal at The Hague. Officials determined he died of a heart attack.

Socialist Party officials have eulogized Milosevic as a hero, and supporters chanted "Slobo! Slobo!" as his coffin was displayed in the square.

Serbian President Boris Tadic ruled out a state funeral or any official remembrances for Milosevic, who was on trial for alleged war crimes and genocide in the Balkan conflicts of the 1990s.

Milosevic's widow, Mira Markovic, and son, Marko, planned to remain in Russia where officials said the two expressed fear they would be detained if they traveled to Serbia for the funeral.

A Serbian court this week suspended an arrest warrant for Markovic on charges of abuse of power, but authorities said they still would require her to surrender her passport and appear before a judge.

Milosevic - known as the "Butcher of the Balkans" - was arrested in 2001. His trial, which lasted nearly four years, was due to end in the next few months.

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