Stella Dimoko Bosnian War Chief Dies After Drinking Poison During Court Trial


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Thursday, 30 November 2017

Bosnian War Chief Dies After Drinking Poison During Court Trial

A Bosnian-Croat war chief has died after downing poison during his war crimes trial at The Hague, the Croatian Prime Minister has confirmed. 

Slobodan Praljak yelled, ‘I am not a war criminal!’ and drank a dark liquid from a small bottle seconds after losing his appeal against a 20-year prison sentence at the International Criminal Tribunal, in the Netherlands.

‘I just drank poison,’ he added. ‘I am not a war criminal. I oppose this conviction.’

Praljak, 72, is one of six Croatian politicians sentenced to jail for their involvement in a campaign to drive Muslims out of a would-be Bosnian Croat mini-state in Bosnia in the early 1990s.

His lawyer shouted out ‘my client has taken poison’ before judge Carmel Agius suspended the hearing and the courtroom was closed.

Moments later ambulance crews arrived at the scene and a helicopter began hovering overhead.

Several emergency rescue workers rushed into the building carrying equipment in backpacks, while court officials called for calm.

A spokesman for the tribunal confirmed he died after ‘he drank a liquid while in court and quickly fell ill’.

from dailymail


Miss Ess said...

Oh no!

Rappakatakata said...

Watched this on Al Jazeera and CNN but I'm wondering how he got that substance seeing he's been in detention and also how he carried it all the way in to the court room without anyone taking notice. Perhaps the small container has a lid and so it was easy for him to conceal it in the pocket of his jacket.

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Anonymous said...

So who gave him the liquid? ICC is only concentrating on African countries, the man should have noted all of them in the court room

Bee10(mummytwins) said...

How did he get hold of the substance without them knowing na wa oh!

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