War Criminal: Bosnian General Commits Suicide In UN Court

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A Bosnian war criminal who was convicted, last Wednesday, for war crimes swallowed poison in front of a UN judge during his trial.

Results of a post-mortem examination of the body have now revealed the presence of high levels of cyanide in his body, the UK Metro reports.

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War Criminal: Bosnian General Commits Suicide In UN Court

Dutch persecutors revealed that the former Bosnian general Slobodan Praljak is suspected to have died from heart failure after swallowing a dose of potassium cyanide.

After the UN court upheld his 20-year jail sentence for crimes during the Bosnian War last Wednesday, General Praljak suddenly tilted back his head and drank from a small bottle in a shocking scene seen around the world.

The Hague Public Prosecutor’s Office has said: ‘The preliminary results of the toxicological test showed that Mr Praljak had a concentration of potassium cyanide in his blood. ‘This has resulted in a failure of the heart, which is pointed out as the suspected cause of death.’

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Right after drinking the clear liquid, the 72-year-old General said: ‘I am not a war criminal, I oppose this conviction of this court.’

He soon collapsed and was then taken to Westeinde Hospital in The Hague, where he died.  At the request of the International Criminal Tribunal, two Croatian experts attended the examination for the former Yugoslavia, the country that was torn by war for nearly a decade during the 1990s.

War Criminal: Bosnian General Commits Suicide In UN Court

The tribunal has also launched an independent investigation into how the former top military commander managed to smuggle the substance into the court, where security is tight.

‘They need answers to all these questions because obviously, it raises suspicion about possible ‘complicity’ in quote marks by prison staff.’ said one top UN court official.

General  Praljak, as a war criminal, had been sentenced for atrocities committed during the 1990s wars, the worst atrocities in Europe since the Second World War.

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