Bosnian Croats honor Slobodan Praljak

Hundreds of Bosnian Croats have been lighting candles in public squares in cities around the country in honor of Slobodan Praljak who drank poison moments after a U.N judge confirmed his 20-year war crimes sentence, and later died.
Praljak’s photos were plastered in Croat-dominated cities around Bosnia Thursday where police presence was increased to prevent incidents.
“Praljak was a legend for us. ... He will live forever in our heats,” said Ivica Gavric, who was a member of the Bosnian Croat forces during the country’s 1992-95 war.
Meanwhile, the European Union has called on the Balkan leaders to respect the rulings of the U.N war crimes court and work to achieve reconciliation and good relations.
“Delivering justice and fighting impunity are fundamental principles,” the EU delegation in Bosnia said in a statement Thursday.
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Croatia’s president says the nation has been “deeply struck in the heart” by the death of an ex-Croat general who died shortly after claiming to have drunk poison as the Yugoslav war crimes tribunal convicted him of war crimes during Bosnia’s 1992-95 war.
Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic said in an address Thursday that Slobodan Praljak “would rather take his own life than live as a convict for the acts he firmly believed he hadn’t committed.”
Grabar Kitarovic has denounced the court ruling which linked Croatia’s wartime leadership with a plan to create a Croat mini-state in Bosnia. Grabar Kitarovic says both Croatia and Bosnia were victims of an “aggression” from Serbia.
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