Bosnian Croat war criminal Slobodan Praljak ‘takes poison’ in court

A war crimes appeal hearing in The Hague was cut short dramatically when one defendant drank what he said was poison upon hearing the verdict, the BBC reports.

Slobodan Praljak, 72, was one of six former Bosnian Croat political and military leaders up before the court.

He was sentenced to 20 years in jail in 2013 for crimes in the city of Mostar. On hearing that his sentence had been upheld, he said: “I have taken poison”.

Croatian media report he has died but the UN court says it cannot confirm it.

The six were attending the final appeals judgment to be handed down by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY).

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