Dutch authorities investigate Hague trial suicide

| Updated Nov 30, 2017 at 3:48pm



The Dutch authorities have opened an investigation into how a Bosnian Croat war criminal managed to smuggle poison into a Hague Courtroom, to kill himself during a televised appeal hearing.

Slobodan Praljak, 72, died in hospital yesterday (November 29), shortly after downing a small vial of liquid, which he drank after declaring he was innocent.

His 20-year sentence for war crimes in Bosnia had just been re-affirmed.

Some Bosnian Croats have held vigils to remember a man they regard as a hero.

Croatia's Prime Minister, Andrej Plenkovic, made a scathing attack on the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia which tried him.

The confirmation ruling against Praljak and five other defendants brings to an end, the more than 20 years of work by the Court.