A war crimes appeal hearing in The Hague was stopped Wednesday when Slobodan Praljak, a former Bosnian Croat military chief claimed to have taken poison. He yelled, "I am not a war criminal!" and appeared to drink from a small bottle, seconds after judges reconfirmed his 20-year prison sentence for involvement in a campaign to drive Muslims out of a would-be Bosnian Croat state in Bosnia in the early 1990s.
"Okay," the judge said. "We suspend the... We suspend... Please, the curtains. Don't take away the glass that he used when he drank something." An ambulance was called. The former commander of the main staff of the Bosnian Croat defence forces (HVO) was jailed for crimes against humanity. Slobodan Praljak has 3 university degrees. In 1970 he graduated as an electrical engineer at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering in Zagreb. In 1971 he graduated from the Faculty of Philosophy. In 1972 he graduated from the Film Academy and began working in theater and TV.
Yugoslav War Crimes Tribunal in The Hague, Netherlands
During 1970s and 1980s, he was a director of theaters in Zagreb, Osijek and Mostar. In 1991 he signed up for the Armed Forces of the Republic of Croatia and reached the rank of major general. he was closely involved in all aspects of not only the Herceg-Bosna/HVO military planning and operations but the actions of the Herceg-Bosna/HVO civilian police too.