Bosnian War general takes poison in UN court, dies

Suicide around 0:40. Meanwhile, he's been confirmed dead by Croatian media.  Original description: UN  war crimes appeal trial was suspended on Wednesday after a former  Croatian general claimed to have drank poison upon being sentenced to 20  years in jail. 

The case at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former  Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague came to an abrupt halt when Slobodan  Praljak claimed to have taken poison from a small bottle. "Slobodan Praljak is not a war criminal. I discard this verdict with  contempt," he shouted. His lawyer also said Praljak had taken a  substance, and the presiding judge ended proceedings. 

It is not clear what Praljak ingested. Praljak is one of six former Bosnian Croat political and military leaders of the self-proclaimed Croatian Republic of Herzeg-Bosnia which  existed during the 1992-1995 Bosnian War.

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