'Butcher of Bosnia' Radovan Karadzic imprisoned on Isle of Wight

Reports say war criminal is serving life sentence at Parkhurst Prison

Radovan Karadzic joins a roster of infamous felons to have been incarcerated in the Isle of Wight jail. EPA
Radovan Karadzic joins a roster of infamous felons to have been incarcerated in the Isle of Wight jail. EPA

War criminal Radovan Karadzic is imprisoned on a small island off the south coast of England, it was reported on Saturday.

The 75-year-old Bosnian Serb is serving a life sentence in Parkhurst prison on the Isle of Wight following a flight from the Netherlands on Wednesday, according to the Daily Mail.

In 2016 he was convicted of a number of atrocities, including the Srebrenica massacre of 8,000 Muslims, the worst genocide in Europe since the Second World War.

Karadzic's daughter said that the conditions in which her father is being held were "unacceptable".

"My father is in a very uncivilised situation, and as far as his family is concerned, his relocation to the south of England was deliberately made to keep him far away, outside the rules of the United Nations resolution adopted by the Security Council," Sonja Karadzic-Jovicevic told Bosnian news agency SRNA.

"It will be very difficult for us physically, financially and procedurally, because of visas, and immunisation during the pandemic, and even after that, to ever go there and visit him."

Contrary to her claims, reports suggested that Parkhurst was chosen because of its low number of Muslim inmates, putting Karadzic less at risk of attack.

“Karadzic is one of the few people to have been found guilty of genocide," said UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab.

“He was responsible for the massacre of men, women and children at the Srebrenica genocide and helped prosecute the siege of Sarajevo with its remorseless attacks on civilians.

"We should take pride in the fact that, from UK support to secure his arrest, to the prison cell he now faces, Britain has supported the 30-year pursuit of justice for these heinous crimes”.

Karadzic, nicknamed the Butcher of Bosnia by the western media, joins a roster of infamous British criminals to have been incarcerated in the Isle of Wight jail.

East London gangster twins Ronald and Reginald Kray, the Yorkshire Ripper Peter Sutcliffe, and Moors Murderer Ian Brady, now all deceased, were kept there.

Updated: May 29, 2021 08:48 PM

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