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UN war crimes convict dies after ‘drinking poison’

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Published on December 03, 2017 with No Comments

The final hearing at a United Nations war crimes tribunal was dramatically halted  when a former Bosnian Croat military chief claimed to have taken poison. Croatian state TV later reported that Slobodan Praljak has died. At court, he yelled, “I am not a war criminal!” and appeared to drink from a small bottle, seconds after judges reconfirmed his 20-year prison sentence for involvement in a campaign to drive Muslims out of a would-be Bosnian Croat ministate in Bosnia in the early 1990s. Presiding Judge Carmel Agius had overturned some of Praljak’s convictions but upheld others and left his sentence unchanged. Agius quickly halted the hearing at the International Criminal Tribunal.

 

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Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews, who became a euthanasia advocate after his father died of cancer last year, said the reform showed compassion. “This is a day that I’m very proud to have made this reform and to have led a team that has delivered the sort of leadership that all Victorians can be proud of.” Andrews told reporters. “For too long, we have denied, to too many, the compassion, the control, the power that should be theirs, in those final moments of their life,” he added.

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