gamezna.com
gamezna.com January 23, 2018

Main » War criminal dies after drinking poison in United Nations court

War criminal dies after drinking poison in United Nations court

30 November 2017

"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 lawyer told The Associated Press who has frequently defended suspects at the United Nations war crimes court in the Netherlands says it would be easy to bring poison into the court.

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.

Independent reported Praljak was originally sentenced in 2013 for his involvement in a campaign to drive Muslims out of a would-be Bosnian Croat mini-state in Bosnia in the early 1990s.

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.

War criminal dies after drinking poison in United Nations court