"Judges, Slobodan Praljak is not a war criminal", he said.
A Bosnian Croat war criminal killed himself in dramatic fashion after losing an appeal of his 20-year prison sentence before the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia.
Slobodan Praljak, 72, tilted back his head and took a swing from a flask or glass as the judge read out the verdict.
A commander on trial for war crimes has died after drinking poison in court.
A guard for the court appealed for calm, and confirmed to journalists that Praljak was alive.
The judge suspended the hearing and Praljak was brought in for treatment, according to Reuters.
He had been found guilty of being part of a criminal enterprise by the wartime Croatian government of late President Franjo Tudjman, to create an ethnically pure state. Prajlak also once served as the assistant defense minister of Croatia.
Some of his convictions for actions in the later years of the conflict were overturned, but his sentence was not.
Praljak's case was one of the last to be decided at a tribunal for ethnic war crimes in the former Yugoslavia, the worst outbreak of violence in Europe since the end of World War II. In fact, he was a Bosnian Croat commander with a militia operating in Bosnia.
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