War criminal Slobodan Praljak drinks poison in front of judges, dies shortly thereafter at hospital

A war criminal who was convicted of crimes against humanity in 2013 drank poison on Wednesday during a hearing on the appeal be filed. He was immediately rushed to the hospital, where he died.

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Slobodan Praljak, who was convicted in 2013 of committing crimes against humanity during the civil war in Yugoslavia, killed himself on Wednesday by drinking poison during a hearing regarding the appeal he filed. Praljak drank the poison after the judges decided to uphold his 20-year sentence.

According to the reports from the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague, Netherlands, Praljak yelled at one of the judges, stood up, drank a small bottle and then told the stunned people in the courtroom that he had consumed poison. The hearing was immediately suspended and Praljak was rushed to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Praljak drinking poison Photo Credit: International Criminal Court/Channel 2 News

Last week, the tribunal convicted former Bosnian Serb military chief General Ratko Mladić of serious crimes and sentenced him to life in prison. The court found 74-year-old Mladić guilty of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity.



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