Slobodan Praljak, a Brosnian Croat war criminal has been confirmed dead after drinking poison in the United Nations courtroom.
The 72-year-old drank a phial of poison at a UN tribunal in The Hague just seconds after his 20-year sentence was upheld, shouting, “Praljak is not a criminal. I reject your verdict.”
He notified the judge and the courtroom of what he had done after raising the small bottle to his lips, saying “I just drank poison.”
An ambulance had within minutes arrived outside the tribunal, and after several emergency workers rushed into the building carrying equipment, the court guard said Praljak was “receiving all necessary medical attention.”
However, the Croatian prime minister, Andrej Plenković, later confirmed his death and offered condolences to his family.
Plenkovic said he regretted the death of Slobodan Praljak. “His act, which we all unfortunately witnessed today, speaks most of a deep moral injustice towards six indicted Croats from Bosnia and the Croatian people.
“The government expresses its condolences to all victims of all crimes committed in the war in Bosnia-Herzegovina. We voice dissatisfaction and regret about the verdict,” Mr Plenkovic said.
Praljak had been found guilty of ordering the destruction of Mostar’s 16th-century bridge in November 1993 which judges in the first trial said “caused disproportionate damage to the Muslim civilian population.”
While the judges, in their ruling, allowed part of Praljak’s appeal that said the bridge had been a legitimate military target during the conflict, and overturned some of his convictions, they still refused to reduce his sentence.
The Bridge for which he was being sentenced has since been rebuilt, however, the alleged lives lost to the destruction of the bridge remain a demise.
Watch the moment he ingested the poison below:
Clearer video of Slobodan Praljak poisoning himself. This with a translation of what he said directly after.pic.twitter.com/eIKhFRBK18
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