A UN courtroom in The Hague turned into a crime scene as a Bosnian war criminal drank poison after a ruling was passed against him over the atrocities he committed during the Bosnian and Croatian wars against Bosnian Muslims. Slobodan Praljak, died in hospital after drinking poison from a vial. Praljak, former leaders of Bosnian Croats, was accused of crimes against humanity by a UN tribunal.
The UN court has announced that the courtroom is now a crime scene. An investigation has been initiated.
After a decade-long legal process, Praljak 20-year jail term was upheld. When he heard the ruling, he declared he was innocent.“Judges, Slobodan Praljak is not a war criminal. I reject your verdict with scorn”, Praljak said before he drank a liquid from the vial.
“I just drank poison”, he said.
Shortly after he was rushed to the hospital, he was declared dead.
Praljak was one of six former Bosnian Croat political and military leaders who was appearing before the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY). During the Croat-Bosnia war in 1993, Praljak became the commander of the main staff of the Bosnian Croat defense forces (HVO).In 1993, when he was informed that Muslims were being rounded up in Prozor, he didn’t make any significant efforts to stop the occurring. He is also accused of being complacent to the news of murders that were planned and the attacks on international organisations. Praljak was blamed of not taking any action with respect to the destruction of the city’s historic Old Bridge and mosques.