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The 72-year-old politician, writer and film director was sentenced to 20 years by the Yugoslavia Tribunal for war crimes, which was confirmed today in appeal. Praljak, originally an engineer but also a graduate of philosophy, sociology and the Film Academy, worked in the 70s and 80s as theater director in Zagreb, Ossiek and Mostar, the city where fierce fighting took place during the war.
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In 1991 at the beginning of the war he applied to the Croatian army where he quickly reached the rank of general. The Yugoslavia Tribunal deems Praljak guilty, inter alia, of murder, rape, deportation of civilians, inhuman treatment of prisoners, destruction of property on a large scale and unnecessary destruction of villages and towns.