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taking poison in courtA Bosnian Croat wartime commander died after swallowing what he said was poison in a U.N. war crimes courtroom Wednesday after losing an appeal against a 20-year prison sentence, Croatian state TV said.The presiding Judge Carmel Agius suspended the hearings and paramedics raced to the courtroom, which was declared a crime scene by Dutch authorities.The defendants Wednesday received sentences ranging from 10 to 25 years.The court's lead suspect, former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic, died of a heart attack in March 2006 months before a ruling in his genocide case.Former Bosnian Serb military commander Ratko Mladic was found guilty of genocide by the U.N. war crimes tribunal last week and sentenced to life in prison for his role in massacres and ethnic cleansing during Bosnia's war.Two defendants awaiting trial committed suicide by hanging themselves in their U.N. cells, according to court documents.
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