'I'm not a war criminal': Bosnian Croat wartime commander filmed 'drinking poison' while in the dock at The Hague

The International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia on Wednesday abruptly suspended the reading of its verdict convicting six former Bosnian Croat officials when defendant Slobodan Praljak appeared to swallow what he claimed was poison in the courtroom after his 20-year prison sentence was announced.
“Slobodan Praljak is not a war criminal. I reject your judgment,” he shouted as he appeared to drink something from a glass vessel.
The reading of the verdict was immediately suspended and an ambulance called. 
Before the interruption, the appeals chamber of the UN court had upheld the 2013 verdict convicting the six former officials from the unrecognised Croat-led statelet of Herzeg-Bosnia of a series of wartime crimes against Bosniaks.
Jadranko Prlic, Bruno Stojic, Slobodan Praljak, Milivoj Petkovic, Valentin Coric and Berislav Pusic were all found guilty of crimes against humanity and other crimes against Bosniaks while they were senior political and military officials of the Herzeg-Bosnia statelet during wartime.
Prlic, the former prime minister of the Croatian Community of Herzeg-Bosnia and the senior figure among the defendants, was jailed for 25 years.
Stojic and Praljak were jailed for 20 years each.
Dutch emergency services, police, a fire truck and an ambulance have parked outside the U.N. war crimes tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, and what appeared to be firefighters, some of them wearing oxygen tanks, have entered the court after one of the defendants claimed to have drunk poison.
The court building was not evacuated. A ramp that would allow a stretcher to be wheeled out was laid down the court steps.
Slobodan Praljak claimed to have taken the poison just after his 20-year sentence was upheld by appeals judges.
'I'm not a war criminal': Bosnian Croat wartime commander filmed 'drinking poison' while in the dock at The Hague 'I'm not a war criminal': Bosnian Croat wartime commander filmed 'drinking poison' while in the dock at The Hague Reviewed by Alexander Von Stern on 04:15:00 Rating: 5