Bosnian Serb war criminal attacked in British jail: police

8th May 2010, Comments 0 comments

The first Bosnian Serb convicted of genocide for his part in the Srebrenica massacre was savagely attacked in a British prison, police said Saturday.

Radislav Krstic, 62, was taken to hospital after being attacked by three inmates Friday at the high-security Wakefield Prison in Yorkshire, northern England.

The Sun newspaper said Saturday his throat was cut several times and he was stabbed in the head.

Krtic is serving a 35-year sentence for aiding and abetting genocide. He was transferred to Wakefield from The Hague in 2004.

A West Yorkshire Police spokesman said the force was called the the prison to "an allegation of assault".

He said the inmate was taken to hospital with "serious injuries".

"West Yorkshire Police are currently investigating the matter. Inquiries are at an early stage."

A Ministry of Justice spokesman confirmed a prisoner was assaulted by three inmates.

Sources said Krstic was in a serious condition when he was taken to hospital but was later returned to jail.

Nearly 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys were executed by Bosnian Serb troops after the fall of the United Nations-protected Srebrenica enclave in eastern Bosnia on July 11, 1995.

The massacre is the worst single atrocity committed in Europe soil since World War II and the only episode of the 1992-95 war in Bosnia officially ruled to have been genocide.

Krstic was found guilty of aiding and abetting genocide.

© 2010 AFP

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