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Dutch authorities probe Slobodan Praljak's suicide

ANI | Updated: Nov 30, 2017 23:07 IST

Washington D.C. [United States], Nov 30 (ANI): The Dutch authorities are investigating the apparent security breach which allowed former Bosnian Croat General Slobodan Praljak to take his own life on Wednesday.

The authorities are probing as to what the substance was and how Praljak was able to obtain it while being held in the UN detention.

"Anyone could have brought him a bottle of poison easily. Family, friends, journalists and lawyers were allowed to visit Praljak but that only lawyers were allowed to take bags into the detention facility," reported CNN, citing, Croatian lawyer Goran Mikulicic as saying.

Praljak had died after he claimed to have drunk poison at a UN Tribunal in The Hague when he lost an appeal.

Seconds after his war crimes sentence of 20 years was upheld at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), Praljak raised a small brown bottle to his lips and drank it.

"Judges, I am not a war criminal, I reject the verdict with contempt," he said after drinking.

Dutch police declared the courtroom to be a crime scene.

Three out of the six defendants in the last case at the war crimes tribunal for the former Yugoslavia had their sentences confirmed.

According to the reports, Praljak was originally sentenced in 2013 for his involvement in a campaign to drive Muslims out of a would-be Bosnian Croat mini-state in Bosnia in the early 1990s

Praljak was specifically charged with ordering the destruction of Mostar's 16th-century bridge in November 1993, which judges in the first trial had said "caused disproportionate damage to the Muslim civilian population". (ANI)