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'I am not a war criminal,' convicted Bosnian Croat cries as he takes a fatal dose of poison

'I am not a war criminal,' convicted Bosnian Croat cries as he takes a fatal dose of poison

Seconds after a U.N. judge confirmed his 20-year war crimes sentence on Wednesday, former Bosnian Croat military commander Slobodan Praljak shouted, "I am not a war criminal!" threw back his head, drank liquid from a small bottle and told the court he had taken poison. A flustered judge halted the hearing and Praljak was rushed to a nearby hospital, where he died.

Shocking images of the 72-year-old former philosophy professor and theater director who became a wartime general shouting and drinking what he said was poison were streamed live on the court's website and around the Balkans.

The death cast a pall over the last case at the groundbreaking International...

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