UN court could not have prevented war criminal Praljak’s suicide: judge

A judge investigating the shocking suicide of a Bosnian Croat war criminal on live TV at the UN court in The Hague says the court could not have prevented it as the 200-300mg of potassium cyanide Slobodan Praljak was carrying could have escaped the most intrusive searches. Praljak drank from a vial after his 20-year jail term for war crimes in Bosnia in the 1990s was upheld at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. The report did not shed any light on how and when Praljak acquired the poison, but said an ongoing criminal investigation by Dutch authorities may find answers to those questions. Judge Hassan Jallow proposed a 30-minute delay on the broadcast of court judgements to avoid such shocking images being broadcast to a world audience.