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Bosnian Military Commander Kills Himself in Courtroom

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Andrej Plenkovic took his own life when he heard his sentencing. Mr. Plenkovic is a 72 year-old Croat military commander who was prosecuted for war crimes in 2013. Mr. Plenkovic drank a toxic liquid when the judge announced that “his sentencing would not be reduced” (Metro.co.uk).

The Dutch police are investigating a assisted suicide and a violation of the Medicines Act. The Medicines Act controls the use of medicines for human use and for veterinary use, which includes manufacture and supply.

Detectives will be looking into who gave Mr. Plenkovic the toxic liquid and what the liquid actually was. They will also be investigating how Mr. Plenkovic smuggled the liquid into the courtroom. Croatian politicians “held a moment of silence for Mr. Plenkovic and the victims of the conflict saying, ‘let the death of general Praljak be the last act of the war’” (Metro.co.uk).

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Judge Camal Agius pronounced that Mr. Plenkovic was guilty of “shelling the eastern part of the city Mostar, and forcibly relocating non-combatants” (Bloomberg.com). More than 100,000 people died in the conflict that ended in 1995.

Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic expressed his condolences to Praljak’s family. Mr. Plenkovic denounced the ruling as a “deep moral injustice” against the convicted. Mr. Plenkovic said that ‘Croatia gave refuge to hundreds of thousands of Bosnian refugees, also including Bosnian Muslims” (Bloomberg.com).

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