November 30, 2017
By: Shane Adams
THE HAGUE, NETHERLANDS – A former Bosnian Croat general, 72-year-old Slobodan Praljak, has died after consuming a small vial of poison during the reading of his 20-year sentence for war crimes.
“Slobodan Praljak is not a war criminal. I am rejecting your verdict with contempt,” Praljak yelled before drinking the liquid.
The judge immediately called for a suspension of the trial once Praljak announced that he had ingested poison. An ambulance arrived quickly and paramedics rushed to assist him.
Croatia’s Prime Minister, Andrej Plenkovic, later confirmed that Praljak had died.
The charges against him took place during the breakup of the former Yugoslavia in the early 1990s. Praljak worked to obtain weapons and ammunition for the Croatian Defense Council army. The CDC army committed various war crimes throughout the conflict, including the displacement and murder of Bosnian Muslim civilians.