War criminal Slobodan Praljak dies after drinking poison in court

He downed the poison in the final minutes of the court's last verdict while insisting he was not a war criminal

A screengrab purporting to show wartime commander of Bosnian Croat forces Slobodan Praljak drinking what he said was poison in court.

JOHANNESBURG - The wartime commander of the Bosnian Croat Forces Slobodan Praljak has died after he drank poison just seconds after his 20-year term for war crimes was upheld.

Local media is reporting he died in hospital in The Hague a short while ago.

He downed the poison in the final minutes of the court's last verdict while insisting he was not a war criminal.

At the same time, Dutch police have declared the courtroom where Praljak drank poison a crime scene.

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