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Hague War Crimes Defendant Says He Took Poison In Court

Former Bosnian Croat General Slobodan Praljak appeared to drink what he said was poison just as his 20-year sentence on war crimes was upheld in The Hague. Soon after the incident on November 29, the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) quickly suspended the appeals hearing of Praljak and five other defendants. They were convicted for their involvement in a campaign to drive Muslims out of a would-be Bosnian Croat ministate in Bosnia in the early 1990s. Praljak was taken away from the court by an ambulance. Later, a court spokesman said he was still alive and was being treated. (Reuters)