Life jail terms handed to gang who attacked and slashed former Serb general in his prison cell
By Daily Mail Reporter
UPDATED:16:54 GMT, 21 February 2011
Three convicted murderers have been given concurrent life sentences today for carrying out a revenge attack on a Bosnian-Serb war criminal at a British prison.
Indrit Krasniqi, 23, Iliyas Khalid, 24, and Quam Ogumbiyi, 29, entered former general Radislav Krstic’s cell at top-security Wakefield Prison and slashed him with knives or blades in revenge for his role in the killing of more than 8,000 Muslim men and boys at Srebrenica.
The Muslim defendants, who are serving life sentences for murder, were cleared of attempted murder by a jury at Leeds Crown Court but convicted of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.
Convicted murderers Indrit Krasniqi, Iliyas Khalid and Quam Ogumbiyi who have been given concurrent life sentences for carrying out a revenge attack on former Bosnian-Serb general Radislav Krstic in his cell at top security Wakefield Prison
Mr Justice Henriques said he would have liked to have extended the minimum term each defendant is currently serving, but he said that option was not available to him because of the law.
However, he said the new convictions would affect their release date as it was likely their first application to the Parole Board would fail.
For carrying out the revenge attack, Mr Henriques jailed Krasniqi for life with a specified term of 12 years.
Former Bosnian general Radislav Krstic who was attacked in his cell at Wakefield Prison in revenge for his role in the killing of more than 8,000 Muslim men and boys at Srebrenica
Khalid was jailed for life with a specified term of 10 years while Ogumbiyi, who played a lesser role in the attack, was jailed for life with a specified term of six years.
He told them: ‘This was a crime of exceptional gravity. Each of you are convicted murderers serving a life sentence of imprisonment.
‘You planned an attack upon a defenceless man with an artificial leg, aged 62.
‘You planned a revenge attack by way of retribution for war crimes carried out by Radislav Krstic in the 1990s.
‘Crimes for the purpose of advancing a religious or racial cause or crimes which are religiously or racially motivated attract significantly higher sentences of imprisonment.
‘All three of you are practising Muslims. I have no doubt what you intended was an act of revenge for those war crimes.’
He added: ‘You had full knowledge of the crimes of Krstic and although that makes it possible to understand your motivation….alas, it does not mitigate it.’
‘Each of you must expect having committed such a grave offence in custody that your first application to the Parole Board will fail.
‘You and the public must appreciate that you will be adversely affected by the jury’s finding of guilt.’
Again, if we compare the attackers, we see that the Albanian has to wear a beard. Without beard, this more or less White man wouldn’t be recognized as a Muslim, and therefore not seen as on the right side. The other men are obviously Black, and therefore more or less automatically on the right side. This racialization of Islam has far reaching consequences. Do Albanians want to remain in a religion which constantly suspects them of treason because of the color of their skin? The same can be asked to Chechens.
Indrit Krasniqi was in jail in the first place because he used boiling, scalding water to kill a young woman. Think of it.