War crimes trial suspended after Slobodan Praljak ingests poison

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A war crimes appeal hearing at The Hague has been suspended after Slobodan Praljak drank poison upon hearing the verdict.

Slobodan Praljak was one of six former Bosnian Croat political and military leaders accused of war crimes during the Croat-Bosniak War up before the court.

He had been sentenced to 20 years’ imprisonment in 2013 by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) for crimes committed in the 1993 siege of East Mostar.

Upon hearing that his sentence had been upheld after appeal, the former general in the Croatian Army and the Croatian Defence Council was seen drinking from a small glass vile and told the judge, “I have taken poison”.

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

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