Slobodan Praljak, a former Bosnian general who was on trial Wednesday at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, has reportedly died after drinking poison.
Praljak, 72, was filmed drinking the poison Wednesday.
In a dramatic turn of events, former Bosnian Croat General Slobodan Praljak appeared to drink what he said was poison at the ICTY. pic.twitter.com/V3yZLW5sBT
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Appeals judges upheld his 20-year sentence for war crimes against Bosnian Muslims during the war in the Balkans in the 1990s, prompting Praljak to stand up and address the court.
“Judges, Slobodan Praljak is not a war criminal,” the general said. “With disdain, I reject this verdict.”
He then drank from what appeared to be a small vial, ignoring calls from the judge to sit down.
“I have taken poison,” he said, according to a court translator.
The judge suspended the hearing and Praljak was brought in for treatment, according to Reuters.
The tribunal, created in 1993 by the U.N. Security Council, has prosecuted hundreds of people for war crimes and is scheduled to shut down at the end of this year.
Slobodan Milosevic, the former Serbian leader, died in his jail cell in 2006, apparently of natural causes, while his own ICTY trial was underway.
This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.
- This article originally appeared on HuffPost.