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Slobodan Praljak, war criminal, engineer, scholar and playwright

The former general Bosnian, who committed suicide this Wednesday in the Tribunal for the old Yugoslavia, was considered a patriot and was a friend of the Bosnian Muslims who then ordered to persecute

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Slobodan Praljak, war criminal, engineer, scholar and playwright

Electrical engineer, graduate in philosophy and sociology, writer and director of Cinema and atre in Croatia, Slobodan Praljak, Bosnian ex-general who committed suicide this Wednesday before astonished judges of International criminal Tribunal for former Yugoslavia ( (ICTY) was one of most contradictory convicts of Balkan War. University professor and head of several series and documentaries in his country, knew that his gesture would be picked up by televisions of world. Although Pulse shook him and his gaze reflected horror, rushed a jar containing "a deadly poison", as he has accredited Dutch justice. The confusion of moment has obscured fact that live death of Praljak was also witnessed by his family, who was among audience present in view room.

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Sentenced to 20 years ' imprisonment in 2013 for war crimes against Bosnian Muslims, and as well as appeal during which he took his own life, Praljak referred to himself in third person to deny that he was a war criminal. One last act before Carmel Agius, judge who condemned him again, ordered to run a prosaic curtain: curtain that separates bench from defendants in courtroom.

It was an unexpected end for a man who had trod university and scenarios and was born in 1945 in Capljina, a town in Herzegovina located near Croatian border. There it related to nationalist elites and, although its initial trajectory had nothing to do with militia, in 1991, when Croatian War of Independence against Serbs erupted, it joined newly created Croatian armed forces. He came to general and n represented Ministry of Defence in Croatian Republic of Herzeg-Bosnia, proclaimed in 1991 as an autonomous entity in territory of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Temperamental and independent, sources of Croatian community in The Hague who ask to remain anonymous indicate that "had some clashes with ir fellow that could lead to leave uniform." Praljak had been in prison for 13 years, since in 2004 he decided to voluntarily surrender to tribunal, along with five or Bosnian politicians and military personnel. Among m is figure Jadranko Prlic, former prime Minister of Republic of Herzeg-Bosnia. They were sure to have support of international community, whose peace plans, proposed before and during Bosnian War (1992-1995) divided it into three ethnic entities: Croats, Serbs and Bosnians.

Although Praljak had fulfilled two-thirds of his 20-year sentence, and could have asked for his release shortly, 13 years of confinement have weighed heavily, according to same sources. "It is possible that he could not resist pressure, as Milan Babic, first president of Serbian Republic of Krajina, who hanged himself in 2006 in his cell, could not do so." The big difference is that Babic apologized for crimes against humanity committed in Croatia, for which he was sentenced to 13 years ' confinement. Praljak, on or hand, always kept his innocence. He said he was fighting for his Croatian homeland, first against Serbs with help of Bosnian Muslims. Then, between 1993 and 1995, against latter who "applied ethnic cleansing to create a large Croatia without m", according to court's statement of indictment. "But it is also true that it did not attack m in way of Radovan Karadzic, political leader Serb, or his military chief, Exgeneral Ratko Mladic [sentenced to 40 years and life imprisonment, respectively, for genocide of Srebrenica]." He grew up with Muslims and had friends in that community, so his idea was to throw m out to occupy a space outside Croatian boundaries, "follow same sources.

His death has been one of most shocking events in history of Tribunal. At moment, it is known that days before Praljak suicide did not want to see his wife and children. The prosecution presumes that he had carefully planned to take his own life, and now tries to find out who gave him poison. And where, because re are only two possibilities: in jail or in ICTY itself.


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