U.N. Yugoslav tribunal orders independent review of Praljak death

The U.N. Yugoslav tribunal on Friday said it has launched its own independent review into the death of former Bosnian Croat military leader Slobodan Praljak.
FILE PHOTO: A wartime commander of Bosnian Croat forces, Slobodan Praljak, is seen during a hearing at the U.N. war crimes tribunal in the Hague, Netherlands, November 29, 2017. ICTY via REUTERS TV
Praljak died shortly after drinking poison in the courtroom after hearing his 20 year conviction for war crimes upheld on Nov. 29, raising questions of how he was able to obtain a lethal substance and smuggle it into the courtroom..
The tribunal said it aims to complete its own review, which will run in parallel to a Dutch criminal investigation, by the end of the year.
Croatia’s justice minister says the country will seek answers from the U.N.’s Yugoslav war crimes tribunal about this week’s dramatic death of an-ex Bosnian Croat general, who died after drinking from a small bottle he said contained poison in the courtroom.
Drazen Bosnjakovic says Croatia will ask authorities in The Netherlands to be included in the ongoing investigation into the death Wednesday of Slobodan Praljak.
Bosnjakovic told Croatia’s state TV late Thursday that “much remains unclear, including how the poison was taken in, why security didn’t react in time and why medical help arrived so late.” He adds Croatia wants “all facts cleared about this tragic event.”
The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia confirmed Praljak’s conviction and 20-year sentence for war crimes during the 1992-95 conflict in Bosnia.
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