Monday 25 June 2018

War crimes general died of cyanide poisoning

Slobodan Praljak brings a bottle to his lips. (ICTY via AP)
Slobodan Praljak brings a bottle to his lips. (ICTY via AP)

Mike Corder

Former Croatian general Slobodan Praljak who died after swallowing a liquid at a war crimes hearing in the Netherlands had cyanide in his system, Dutch prosecutors said after an autopsy yesterday.

The cyanide caused heart failure, which investigators "pointed out" as the 72-year-old Praljak's "suspected cause of death," according to the prosecutor's statement.

On Wednesday, Praljak drank from a small bottle that he said contained poison seconds after an appeals judge at the UN's International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia confirmed his 20-year sentence for crimes during the 1992-95 Bosnian war.

He was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital shortly after.

Irish Independent

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