Slobodan Praljak confirmed to have drunk cyanide

The substance that Slobodan Praljak drank in a courtroom on trial for war crimes is confirmed to have contained cyanide, which killed Praljak.

He drank the poison after the court upheld his conviction for his part in the campaign to drive Muslims out of Bosnia in the 1990’s.

Praljak shouted he was not a war criminal before drinking the substance while on trial at the Hague.

The Dutch prosecutors released a statement today confirming the substance was a poison.

“The preliminary results of the toxicological test showed that Mister Praljak had a concentration of potassium cyanide in his blood,” the statement said.

“This has resulted in a failure of the heart, which is pointed out as the suspected cause of death.”

“Praljak passed away in Westeinde hospital in The Hague after consuming a fluid substance in the courtroom of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY).”

Praljak was part of an attempt to create an ethnically pure Croatian state during the Bosnian war, which included the massacre at Srebrenica, which has been ruled as a genocide.

The war lasted from 1992-1995, and saw 100,000 people killed and 2.2 million displaced after the breakup of Yugoslavia.

Ratko Mladic was recently jailed for life by a UN court after being found guilty of genocide and crimes against humanity for his part in the conflict.


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