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UN tribunal initiates independent review after defendant consumes poison in courtroom

[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] announced [press release] that it has initiated an independent expert review on internal operations after the death of Slobodan Praljak, who consumed poison [JURIST report] in the courtroom on Wednesday after the court reaffirmed his 20 year prison sentence.

The review will be completed along with a Dutch investigation into Praljak's death. A report on the review is to be provided before December 31, 2017, which is the closing of the ICTY. The review will assess relevant procedures and make recommendations for future courts.

Justice Hassan Jallow will lead the review. Jallow is Chief Justice of The Gambia.

The ICTY originally convicted [JURIST report] Praljak in May 2013 of war crimes related to the ethnic cleansing of the Muslim population during the Bosnia-Herzegovina war in 1992-1995. The appeals hearing for the convictions began [JURIST report] in March 2017.

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