Slobodan Praljak suicide: War criminal took 'cyanide' in Hague court

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Media captionSlobodan Praljak drank a small vial of liquid after his prison sentence was upheld

Bosnian Croat war criminal Slobodan Praljak died after taking potassium cyanide in The Hague’s courtroom, Dutch prosecutors say, citing results of a preliminary post mortem.

“This has resulted in a failure of the heart, which is indicated as the suspected cause of death,” they said.

Praljak drank from a vial after his 20-year sentence for war crimes in Bosnia had been upheld on Wednesday.

Dutch authorities are investigating how he smuggled poison into the court.

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