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War crimes suspect drinks poison at court ruling

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A courtroom in the Hague is now considered a crime scene after a war crimes appeal hearing was cut short when one defendant drank what appeared to be poison upon hearing the verdict.

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

Praljak, the former commander of the main staff of the Bosnian Croat defense forces, was jailed for crimes against humanity. He was reportedly told that soldiers were rounding up Muslims in Prozor in the summer of 1993, and he failed to do anything to stop the actions being taken. 

He was sentenced to 20 years in jail in 2013 for war crimes in the city of Mostar. During the hearing after he learned that his sentence would be upheld, he lifted a vial to his lips and drank the contents, announcing, "I have taken poison".

Croatia's state TV, says Praljak died a short time later.

(The Associated Press contributed to this story)


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