Lawyer: Bringing poison into UN court ‘easy’

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A lawyer who has frequently defended suspects at the U.N. war crimes court in the Netherlands says it would be easy to bring poison into the court.

Prominent Serbian lawyer Toma Fila told The Associated Press on Wednesday that it is “absolutely possible” to bring poison into the court in the Hague.

He says security for lawyers and other court staff “is just like at an airport.”

Fila said: “They inspect metal objects, like belts, metal money, shoes, and take away mobile phones.”

He added that “pills and small quantities of liquids” would not be registered.

Fila commented on the security measures after Croatia’s state TV reported that a Bosnian Croat died after claiming to have taken poison at the war crimes tribunal just after his 20-year sentence was upheld.