Milorad Dodik, member of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), has asked the Chairperson of the Residual International Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals, Graciela Gatti Santana, to intervene with the Government of the United Kingdom (UK) to take immediately take the necessary measures to put an end to the so-called “prison terror”. against The Hague prisoner Radovan Karadzic.
Karadzic is serving a life sentence on the Isle of Wight for war crimes in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Dodik pointed out that ”there is no compelling reason for the prison authorities to treat Radovan Karadzic in a grossly inhumane manner and to deny him basic human rights guaranteed by international conventions and the practice of the so-called Nelson Mandela rules”.
In a letter to Santana, Dodik says that ”it is his duty” to immediately send an independent commission to the Isle of Wight prison on behalf of the Mechanism over which she presides, whose members would see for themselves the conditions in which Radovan Karadzic is serving his sentence and speak to him directly.
Furthermore, he stated that he was certain that the allegations of alleged ”unscrupulous ill-treatment and mental exhaustion by prison authorities” would be confirmed.
”Based on direct information and conversations with Radovan Karadzic, the only reasonable decision should be for the Mechanism to reconsider its previous decision to place him in prison on the Isle of Wight and send him to one of the prisons in ‘Europe where his basic human rights will not be violated,”Dodik pointed out in the letter.
Dodik expressed his belief that Mechanism Chair Santana will carefully consider his letter and undertake the activities he proposed as soon as possible, Klix.ba reports.