What do the forum think? Should taking poison be an option for all serious war crime offenders?
Unfairly sentenced, an act of honour or a despicable act of cowardice to evade justice?
A former Bosnian Croat general has died after drinking a phial of poison while standing in the dock at a UN tribunal in The Hague, where his war crimes sentence of 20 years was upheld.
Seconds after the judges had delivered their decision at the international criminal tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) on Wednesday, Slobodan Praljak shouted out angrily: Praljak is not a criminal. I reject your verdict.
The 72-year-old then raised a small brown bottle to his lips, and drank it in full view of the cameras filming the hearing. I just drank poison, he said. I am not a war criminal. I oppose this conviction.
As court officials surrounded the white-haired and bearded Praljak, the presiding judge, Carmel Agius, immediately ordered the proceedings to be suspended. The curtains screening the courtroom were abruptly closed to the public.
raljak was charged with ordering the destruction of Mostars 16th-century bridge in November 1993, which judges in the first trial had said caused disproportionate damage to the Muslim civilian population.
A symbol of Bosnias devastation in the war, the Ottoman-era bridge was later rebuilt. The city experienced some of the worst of the Croat-Muslim clashes, with nearly 80% of its eastern area destroyed in the fighting.
In their ruling, the judges allowed part of Praljaks appeal, saying the bridge had been a legitimate military target during the conflict. They also overturned some of his convictions but refused to reduce his overall sentence.
via International Skeptics Forum http://ift.tt/2By5ytC