Televised Poison Swig May Ruin it for All War Criminals

by Joe Varadi

The suicide by poisoning on Wednesday of convicted Croat war criminal Slobodan Praljak at a televised hearing of the International Criminal Tribunal may significantly curtail privileges afforded to other war lords and genocidal masterminds, according to several sources. Current and former world leaders facing the prospect of similar proceedings have begun to voice concern about the inconveniences they will now likely face as a direct result of the incident in The Hague.

Thanks a bunch, Slobo. Now they definitely will not let me sip Diet Coke at my next appeal hearing

said Charles Taylor, former dictator of Liberia, notorious consciptor of child soldiers in the Sierra Leone Civil War, already serving a life sentence in The Hague.

Way to go, S.P., what now, are they gonna make me take my shoes off and turn off my cell phone each time I enter a Dutch courtroom?

railed Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir , indicted by the International Criminal Court for orchestrating mass murder and atrocities against the civilians of Darfur yet still in power, via interpreter from the Republican Palace in Khartoum.

Great, thanks to this gringo, I can say adiós to those Cuban cigars at my retrial

quipped Efraín Ríos Montt, former President of Guatemala, military junta leader and perpetrator of ethnic cleansing against the Mayan minority, whose 80 year sentence for crimes against humanity was overturned but who is now facing retrial.

Former American Vice President Dick Chaney, already reeling from the inability to shoot hunting partners with impunity, tweeted

@Slobo_theMenace94, ever hear of the law of unintended consequences, genius? #seeUinHell!

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