Croatian war criminal drinks poison in court at The Hague

  • By Heena Patel

 Croatian war criminal drinks poison in court at The Hague

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A war crimes appeal hearing in The Hague has been suspended after the accused drank what is thought to be poison upon hearing the verdict.


Slobodan Praljak was one of six former Croatian political and military leaders facing the court for war crimes in Bosnia.


He was sentenced to 20 years’ imprisonment in 2013 for war crimes, ethnic cleansing and genocide in East Mostar, Bosnia.


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


The six were appearing in court for the final appeals judgment to be handed down by the Yugoslav Tribunal.


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.


Before they were lowered the courtroom could be seen in a state of confusion.


The judge called for the glass Praljak had drunk from to be kept for analysis.


Emergency medical attention was called.

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