A CROATIAN war criminal died yesterday from poison he drank at the close of the Hague court’s last ever case.
Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic confirmed Slobodan Praljak’s death, saying it reflected the “injustice” against six Bosnian Croats whose guilty verdicts were upheld by the UN’s International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY).
Praljak shouted “I am not a war criminal!” and drank from a small bottle after Presiding Judge Carmel Agius upheld his 20-year sentence.
Dutch police, an ambulance and a fire engine rushed to the scene but medics were unable to save him. The six were convicted in a campaign to drive Muslims out of a would-be Bosnian Croat mini-state in Bosnia during the wars that tore apart the former multinational socialist Yugoslavian state in the 1990s.