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Published:April 1st, 2006 07:10 EST

Sweden to Audit Detention Unit at UN

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The United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) today announced that the Swedish Government has accepted its request to conduct an independent audit of the Hague-based court`s Detention Unit.

The probe will cover all areas related to the Detention Unit`s management and administration, according to existing agreements and other regulations.

A team will conduct the audit as soon as possible, and will submit their report to the Tribunal once it is complete, " <"http://www.un.org/icty/">ICTY said in a <"http://www.un.org/icty/pressreal/2006/p1060-e.htm">news release, voicing gratitude for Sweden`s support.

The audit was announced earlier this month by Tribunal President Fausto Pocar after the court`s most notorious suspect, former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic, died in detention. His death was ruled a heart attack and early toxicology reports showed no evidence of poisoning.

In New York today, Judge Fausto Pocar reported by teleconference to the Security Council on Mr. Milosevic`s death, reconfirming that it had resulted from natural causes, according to the Council President, Ambassador César Mayoral of Argentina. He told reporters following the closed-door meeting that the Council would revisit the issue in June when President Pocar briefs it in person.

Source:  United Nation News Centre