• Chandler Allen

War criminal commits suicide in Hague courtroom

On Nov. 29, 2017, 72-year-old Bosnian war criminal, Slobodan Praljik, was brought into the United Nations court, the Hague, for his connection to the genocide of Bosnian Serbs and Bosnian Muslims in the early 1990s.

Praljik was one of "six Bosnian Croat political and military leaders, who were convicted in 2013 of persecuting, expelling and murdering Bosnian Muslims during the 1992-1995 war," according to Al Jazeera,

He was tried and found guilty of crimes against humanity and "Failed to act on information that murders were being planned, as well as attacks on members of international organisations and the destruction of Mostar's historic Old Bridge and mosques," according to the BBC.

Praljik was able to sneak a vial of poison past the tight security of the international court, and after his 20-year prison sentence was read, Praljik announced to the court, "Slobodan Rajljik is not a war criminal, I am rejecting the court ruling.'' He then drank the small vial of poison. The judge then asked for the room to be sealed and called for a doctor; Praljik died later that night in the hospital.

The genocide in Bosnia had been the worst genocidal event since World War Two. Over 100,000 Bosniaks died at the hands of Praljik.

Although Praljik is being labeled a genocidal criminal, many people are labeling him as a hero and are mourning his death, according to the BBC.