UN war crimes defendant claims to drink poison at trial in Hague

Former Bosnian Croat commander Slobodan Praljak drinks from small bottle moments after judges confirm 20-year sentence

A United Nations war crimes court has suspended an appeal hearing for a former Bosnian Croat military official after he drank from a small bottle in court and claimed to have taken poison.

Slobodan Praljak, 72, a former commander of Bosnian Croat forces in Bosnia’s 1992-95 war, drank from a small bottle or glass and yelled “I am not a war criminal” moments after judges at the international criminal tribunal for the former Yugoslavia had confirmed his 20-year sentence on appeal on Wednesday.

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