Slobodan Praljak, a former Bosnian Croat general, drank a vial of poison at the Hague in the Netherlands after being convicted of war crimes and sentenced to 20 years in jail.
“Slobodan Praljak is not a war criminal. I am rejecting your verdict with contempt,” the 72-year-old shouted.
Praljak was convicted for his actions between 1992 and 1994, including the rape and murder of Bosnian Muslims after the dissolution of the former Yugoslavia.
After Praljak drank the poison, the judge stopped the court proceedings and an ambulance was called, but it was too late, notes CNN.
Croatia’s Prime Minister, Andrej Plenkovic, later tweeted: “On behalf of the Government of the Republic of Croatia and on my own behalf, I want to express my deepest condolences to the family of General Slobodan Praljak.”