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The UN court says its procedures could not have detected the cyanide that killed the former Bosnian Croat commander.2 January 2018
“There are no measures [at the tribunal] that would have guaranteed detection of the poison at any stage,” read a statement by Judge Hassan Jallow, who headed the inquiry, AFP reports.
Praljak died on 29 November in a hospital shortly after drinking cyanide in melodramatic protest against the confirmation of his 20-year prison sentence for war crimes. The UN tribunal, in one of its last actions, also confirmed the long sentences previously given to five other prominent Bosnian Croats convicted of conspiring to expel Muslims from a Croat-inhabited region in western Bosnia during the 1992-1995 Bosnian war.
Jallow said limitations on intrusive searches and the screening equipment at the tribunal made it difficult to detect the small quantity of poison, according to the BBC.
Dutch prosecutors are conducting a criminal investigation into how Praljak obtained the cyanide.
Croats have paid tribute to Praljak in both Croatia and Bosnia “repeatedly” since his death, AFP writes.
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