Men Of Honor
2017-11-30 13:23:29 UTC
A former Bosnian Croat military chief who appeared to ingest
poison during a United Nations war crimes tribunal on Wednesday
has reportedly died.
Croatian state TV said Slobodan Praljak, 72, a former commander
in Bosnias 1992-95 war, appeared to drink from a small bottle
moments after judges at the international criminal tribunal in
The Hague reconfirmed a 20-year sentence.
He yelled I am not a war criminal while his lawyer shouted:
My client says he has taken poison.
Presiding Judge Carmel Aguis quickly suspended the hearing while
Dutch emergency services were called to the scene. A court guard
told reporters that Praljak was receiving medical attention.
Its unclear what kind of liquid Praljak ingested.
Dutch police will not comment on the TV report based on "sources
close to Gen. Praljak."
A spokesman for the tribunal, Nenad Golcevski, when asked by the
Associated Press if he could confirm the death, said: "I have no
information to share at this point."
Praljak was charged at the International Criminal Tribunal for
the former Yugoslavia with ordering the destruction of Mostars
16th-century bridge in November 1993. Judges said the bridges
destruction caused disproportionate damage to the Muslim
Wednesdays hearing was the final case at the groundbreaking
tribunal before it closes its doors next month. The tribunal,
which last week convicted former Bosnian Serb military chief
Gen. Ratko Mladic of genocide and other crimes, was set up in
1993, while fighting still raged in the former Yugoslavia. It
indicted 161 suspects and convicted 90 of them.
The appeals judges upheld a key finding that late Croat
President Franjo Tudjman was a member of a plan to create a
Croat mini-state in Bosnia.
The original trial began in April 2006 and provided a reminder
of the complex web of ethnic tensions that fueled fighting in
Bosnia and continues to create frictions in the country even
Two other suspects also had their sentences upheld before the
hearing was halted, including the former prime minister of a
Croat entity in Bosnia, Jadranko Prlic, who was sentenced to 25