>> The sentence of 20 years of imprisonment.>> It was a war crimes tribunal turned crime scene. When Slobodan Praljak drank a lethal vial of poison in front of this UN courtroom in the Hague.>>
> In everything he did, he did it with the goal of doing good for the Croat people. Praljak's conviction implicates Croatia for a role in the Bosnian conflict. He says the part of the verdict that involved Croatian state leadership is entirely unjust and unfounded.
Reuters Stephanie van den Berg was at the Tribunal and says Dutch prosecutors are now focusing on assisted suicide.>> The fact is that he was in custody, had already been held by the UN detention units, was taken from the prison directly to the courtroom under the constant watch of UN guards.
The inmates do have visits with family that are monitored but maybe not completely closely scrutinized. They also have privileged meeting with their lawyers. He put it in a glass vial, and they're usually all metal detectors in scans. So if he had a glass vial in his pocket, that wouldn't set off the metal detector.
>> Stunned silence turned to chaos. These cameras didn't capture what happened to him moments after, but do pick up on Praljak saying, I have taken poison. I'm not a war criminal, and I oppose this conviction.>>
>> Please be seated.>> A final decision that can't be overturned. Praljak was a wartime commander of Bosnian Croat forces, convicted for his role in the imprisonment, murder, and persecution of Bosnian Muslims. But in Croatia he's seen by many as a national hero. Bosnian Croats attending a vigil on Wednesday night hailing his bravery for dying over accepting the verdict.
Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenković also expressing regret over the suicide.>>