What is seen in the video is the suicide of Slobodan Praljak, a former commander in the Bosnian war, while the trial was being held accusing him and five other Bosnian charges of war crimes. The session has been suspended.
As you can see in the video, the ex-soldier drinks a small cup in court, shouting ” I’m not a war criminal .” A situation that occurs moments after the judges at the UN International Criminal Court confirmed their 20-year sentence after an appeal.
Praljak’s lawyer explained that “my client says he has taken poison”, before the judge who presided over the court suspended the hearing and called a doctor. Finally, Praljak has died from the poison.
Praljak was one of six former political and military leaders who had to listen to their appellate verdicts on Wednesday. All had been convicted in 2013 for persecuting, expelling and murdering Muslims during the Bosnian war.
The court, which last week condemned the former Bosnian Serb military chief, General Ratko Mladić, for genocide and other war crimes, was established in 1993, while the fighting in the former Yugoslavia was fought.
In the case of Praljak, he was specifically accused of ordering the destruction of the Mostar bridge of the sixteenth century in November 1993, which, according to the judges, “caused disproportionate damage to the Muslim civilian population.”