General Slobodan Praljak Commits Suicide in ICTY Court

Bruno Stojić, Slobodan Praljak, Milivoj Petković, and Valentin Ćorić at the Prlić Trial Judgement in 2013 Photo: Wikimedia Commons
Bruno Stojić, Slobodan Praljak, Milivoj Petković, and Valentin Ćorić at the Prlić Trial Judgement in 2013 Photo: Wikimedia Commons

General Slobodan Praljak, a convicted war criminal, has died after drinking poison in the war crimes court.

Slobodan Praljak was a commander of Bosnian Croat forces during the Bosnian war. The Croatian state TV reported his death on Wednesday.

Praljak drank what he said poison after the court upheld his 20-year in prison sentence for his role in the Bosnian wars.

Upon hearing his conviction, Slobodan Praljak shouted at the judge and said, “I, Slobodan Praljak, reject the verdict. I’m not a war criminal.”

Rejecting the verdict against him, Slobodan Praljak drank from a flask and said, “What I am drinking now is poison.”

The presiding judge at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) immediately suspended the hearing and called for a doctor.

The incident happened at an ICTY hearing where the court was delivering its last verdict of the season for six Bosnian Croats political and military leaders.

These figures were convicted of war crimes in 2013 of hounding, exorcising and slaying during 1992-1995 wars.

The final verdict of International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) was mid-way and Slobodan Praljak died drinking poison in the courtroom. So, the next move of ICTY to proceed with the verdict is yet not confirmed.

The ICTY will end this season in the next month and this verdict was the final of this season.

In the last week, Ratko Mladic, the former Bosnian Serbian Commander has been found guilty of genocide and war crimes during the Yugoslav conflicts.

The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) on last Wednesday, upon finding Mladic guilty on 10 out of eleven counts, delivered a guilty verdict sentencing to life in prison.


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