Poland to take Bosnian Serb war criminal

2012-12-06 15:01
Bosnian general Radislav Krstic. (File, AFP)

Bosnian general Radislav Krstic. (File, AFP)

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Warsaw - A Polish court has agreed to allow a Bosnian Serb war criminal to serve out his sentence in Poland after he was assaulted in a British prison.

Former general Radislav Krstic was convicted in 2001 by the UN tribunal for former Yugoslavia in The Hague, Netherlands, for aiding and abetting genocide over the 1995 murder of about 8 000 Muslims in Srebrenica, Bosnia.

He is serving a 35-year sentence. In 2010 he was attacked and injured by three Muslim inmates in Wakefield Prison, in northern England, and efforts began to move him to a prison in a different country.

On Thursday, Judge Igor Tuleya of the Regional Court in Warsaw said there are no legal obstacles to Krstic's serving the remaining 24 years of his term in Poland. No appeal is expected from Krstic's lawyers.

Poland's Justice Minister still needs to confirm the decision.

If Krstic is brought to Poland, a court will need to adjust his term to Poland's law, which provides a maximum prison term of 25 years.

Poland is a predominantly Roman Catholic nation with only a very small Muslim minority.

- SAPA
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