Croatian Prime Minister confirms: Pral-jak dies after taking poison
Slobodan Praljak (72) died this afternoon after he had taken poison when he heard his sentence in the Yugoslavia Tribunal in The Hague, as confirmed by the Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenković. The Public Prosecution Service in The Hague is investigating the case. Plenković has conveyed his condolences to the family. Praljak received his sentence on appeal this morning, but took a sip of some substance after hearing his sentence. Then he said: “Mr. Judge, I took poison,” after which the session was suspended. A spokesperson for the tribunal also confirmed that the ex-army leader died in a hospital in the Hofstad. He did not go into detail about the criminal investigation and could not answer the question of how Praljak came up with the means he was drinking before the judge’s eyes. In the first instance, the research focuses on assistance with suicide and violation of the Medicines Act, according to the Public Prosecution Service, which does not want to make any further announcements.
The follow-up of the session was continued after the incident in another room, because room 1 was closed by the Dutch authorities. ,, It is now a crime scene ”, the judge explained. The police performed on-site investi-gations. The UN court is scheduled to give its final verdict today against a handful of suspects: Jadranko Prlic, Bruno Stojic, Slobodan Praljak, Milivoj Petkovic and Valentin Coric. But when he heard his sentence, Praljak said to the judge: “Slobodan Praljak is not a war criminal. That’s why I reject your statement. “After taking the poison and his remark, the livestream from the courtroom jumped on black.
The Bosnian Croat Praljak was sentenced to 20 years in prison in 2013 for crimes he committed in and around Mostar. Praljak was a high soldier who commanded the Hague International Court of Appeal. He was responsible for the war crimes against the Bosnian Muslims in about thirty places in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Praljak was also in charge of the police force in the early 1990s. He has completed several studies including one at the technical university, but he also studied philosophy. Besides Praljak, the accused are four other former political and military leaders of Herceg-Bosna, a mini-state that was proclaimed at the time of the civil war in Bosnia. Among them, the then Prime Minister Prlic. Last week, the former Bosnian commander Ratko Mladic was sentenced to a life sentence by the Yugoslavia Tribunal in The Hague. Mladic shouted during the statement: “Lies, you must be ashamed!”
Attorney complains checks Criminal court: Bringing poisons is easy
How could the 72-year-old Slobodan Praljak commit suicide in the Hague before the eyes of the Yugoslavia Tribunal? The fact that the suspect could casually take poison to the courtroom gives rise to bewilderment all over the world. Justice could not yet answer the question of how Praljak came up with the drug and how he managed to bring it into court. The Public Prosecution Service in The Hague first of all checks whether the convicted person had assistance with suicide and to what extent there was an infringement of the Medicines Act. “Mr. Justice, I took poison,” Praljak said, after taking a sip of the substance. Shortly before his act, the Bosnian Croat was sentenced to 20 years on appeal. The prominent Serbian lawyer Toma Fila, who regularly defends suspects of war crimes before the International Criminal Court in The Hague, does not react surprised. He says it is ‘absolutely possible’ and ‘simple’ to bring poison into the courtroom.
‘Liquid not registered’
Opposite news agency AP, Fila says that the security check at the tribunal resembles that of an airport. ,, They check for metal objects, such as belts, loose change and shoes. They also take out mobile phones. “Pills and small amounts of liquid are not recorded according to counsel. A spokesperson for the tribunal confirms that the former army leader died in a hospital in The Hague after drinking the poison. He could not answer the question of how Praljak arrived at the waist, which he drank in the eyes of the judge. He could not give details of the criminal investigation either. Justice minister Ferdinand Grapperhaus does not want to react to the event in substance and awaits the investigation of the Public Prosecution Service. Grapperhaus does not believe that the Netherlands, as the host country of the Yugoslavia Tribunal, is damaged by the suicide of Praljak and by the fact that he saw the chance to bring poison into the courtroom. “The Netherlands still has an excellent reputation,” the minister told the NOS. ,, And has done very well. ”
The elderly Praljak was one of six Bosnian Croatian leaders who, with the support of neighboring Croatia, turned against the Bosnian army during the war in former Yugoslavia. Their aim was to establish an independent Croatian region within Bosnia, just as the Bosnian Serbs did with the help of Serbia. Praljak was found guilty of involvement in crimes against the Muslim population, who had to clear the field in the mini-state in formation through ethnic cleansing. Before he took the poison to himself, the convict exclaimed: “Slobodan Praljak is not a war criminal. That is why I reject your statement. ”