“The convicted war criminal killed himself in late November after drinking poison in front of live cameras. The son of Croatia’s late President Franjo Tudjman has called his conviction an ‘insult to justice.’
The UN court in the Hague had found Praljak and five other Bosnian Croats guilty of a ‘joint criminal enterprise’ to cleanse southern Bosnia of Bosniaks during the 1992-1995 war, a campaign then-President Tudjman was also involved in.
Some 2,000 people attended a packed ceremony in the Croatian capital of Zagreb on Monday to commemorate Bosnian Croat general Slobodan Praljak, who killed himself in front of live cameras as a UN court convicted him of war crimes on November 29.
‘Slobodan Praljak wouldn’t live as a war criminal for a minute because he wasn’t one,’ said Miroslav Tudjman, the son of Croatia’s late president Franjo Tudjman, to a clapping crowd in the Lisinski concert hall, adding: ‘His conviction is an insult for justice.’
Upon hearing his sentencing upheld, Praljak yelled: ‘Judges, Slobodan Praljak is not a war criminal. I reject the verdict with contempt,’ before drinking potassium cyanide from a small bottle. The 72-year-old died shortly thereafter in a nearby hospital.
Praljak’s body was cremated at a private service on Thursday.” (Deutsche Welle)