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Praljak: Bosnian Croat war criminal dies after taking poison in court

BBC | A Bosnian Croat war criminal has died after drinking poison during an appeal hearing in The Hague.

Slobodan Praljak, 72, died in hospital, with the UN court announcing that the courtroom was now “a crime scene”.

On hearing that his 20-year jail term had been upheld, the ex-commander of Bosnian Croat forces said he was not a criminal and then drank from a bottle.

In 2013, he was sentenced for crimes in the city of Mostar during the Bosnian war from 1992-95.

Praljak was one of six former Bosnian Croat political and military leaders up before the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY).

They were attending the final appeals judgment to be handed down by the court.

Though allies against the Bosnian Serbs in the war, Bosnian Croats and Muslims also fought each other for a period of 11 months, with Mostar seeing some of the fiercest fighting.

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  1. NDAH NGREH kikikiki

    • Since Tah Mugabe hit rock bottom you’ve been gone Ni Cletus Teboh. Take it easy with the elephants ndah-greh. Kikikiki

  2. The ICC should expedite the investigation of Biya and his crime syndicate.

    • And there should be a good supply of hemlock to make the case even speedier!

  3. A Real Coward. How did this coward become a military leader

    • You call a person who has the courage to take their own lives a coward? In which world is that cowardice or is there a new definition or meaning of the word?

      • Afraid to take responsibility for his actions, a chicken. Pure coward!

      • Because of defeat by the enemy and great fear after being wounded, Saul chose to end his life, rather than face abuse by his captors. When his armor-bearer refused to kill him at his request, he took his own life by falling on his sword

        • God reminds us in story after story in His word that He will never waste the pain we struggle through in this life, but He will turn it around for good somehow and use it to strengthen us and to help others.

          Some of the common themes that seemed to have driven these men to suicide, and that the enemy still uses against us today are these – fear, despair, hopelessness, depression, illness, darkness, guilt, disillusionment, deep heartache, loss, grief, pride, revenge, sin.

  4. The breakup of Yugoslavia occurred as a result of a series of political upheavals and conflicts during the early 1990s. After a period of political crisis in the 1980s, constituent republics of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia split apart.After the Allied victory in World War II, Yugoslavia was set up as a federation of six republics, with borders drawn along ethnic and historical lines: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Slovenia. In 1987, Slobodan Miloševi? came to power in Serbia, and through a series of populist moves acquired de facto control over Kosovo, Vojvodina and Montenegro, garnering a high level of support among Serbs for his centralist policies.Biya,u are warned for your centralist policies.ICC is investigating your genocide in SC.

  5. The most powerful message here and now is for today’s many Commanders of war against a helpless people to take note, that the wheels of justice may grind slowly but eventually justice is rendered any way.