War Crimes Suspect Slobodan Praljak ‘Drinks Poison’ During Trial In The Hague

A war crimes suspect, Slobodan Praljak, has reportedly drank poison after a verdict was announced during an appeal hearing in The Hague.

Praljak was one of six former Bosnian Croat political and military leaders up before the court to receive their final appeals judgement from the Yugoslav Tribunal.

He was sentenced to 20 years’ imprisonment in 2013 for crimes in East Mostar.

On hearing that his sentence had been upheld, he told the judge, “I have taken poison”.

Praljak had been sentenced in 2013 on nine counts of grave breaches of the Geneva conventions, nine counts of violations of the laws or customs of war and eight counts of crimes against humanity.

He had been charged with those offences by the court because, according to court documents, as a senior military official Praljak commanded directly and indirectly armed forces which committed mass war crimes against Bosnian Muslim population in around 30 municipalities in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

According to reports from the courthouse, Praljak stood and raised his hand to his mouth, tipped his head back and appeared to swallow a glass of something which, his lawyer told the court, was poison.

The judge immediately ordered the curtains be brought down and the proceedings suspended.

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