Hague War Crimes Defendant Says He Took Poison In Court

Jerome Frank
Ноября 30, 2017

Praljak - who was jailed for 20 years in 2013 for committing crimes against Bosnian Muslims - then told the judge: "I just drank poison".

Praljak tilted back his head and took a swing from a flask or glass as the judge delivered the verdict. Slobodan Praljak, 72, shouted a declaration that he is not a war criminal before downing an unknown substance from a small bottle.

The presiding judge suspended the hearing and called for a doctor.

Tribunal spokesman Nenad Golcevski, when asked by AP if he could confirm the death, said: "I have no information to share at this point".

Croatian state TV reported that President Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic chose to cut short an official visit to Iceland and the government was holding an emergency session.

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A lawyer for Praljak, a commander of ethnic Croatians during the 1990s war in Bosnia, said that his client had poisoned himself and emergency services rushed to the scene.

Agius had overturned some of Praljak's convictions but upheld others and left his sentence unchanged. "Defense minister" Bruno Stojic was sentenced to 20 years.

The judges were ruling in the appeals of six former Bosnian Croat political and military leaders accused in a campaign against Bosnian Muslims during the breakup of Yugoslavia. An ambulance later left the building, but it could not be confirmed if Praljak was inside.

The Yugoslavia tribunal, created in 1993 by the United Nations Security Council, has prosecuted hundreds of people for war crimes and is scheduled to shut down at the end of this year.

The groundbreaking ICTY is to finally close next month.

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