War criminal dies in Swedish prison

A Bosnian Serb war criminal died on Saturday while serving a sentence in a Swedish jail. Miroslav Deronjic, 52, died a natural death, according to prison authorities.

Derojnic, a former leading member of Radovan Karadzic’s nationalist Serbian Democratic Party, was sent to Kumla Jail last November to serve a ten-year sentence.

He had been convicted in the United Nations’ tribunal in the Hague for crimes against humanity for ordering a massacre in the Bosnian village of Glogova in 1992, in which at least 60 Bosnian Muslims died.

His family were at his side when he died in hospital. Swedish authorities would not release details of which hospital he was being treated in, nor would they confirm where he was jailed, although he had initially been sent to Kumla Jail, near Örebro in south-central Sweden.

Christer Isaksson, security director of the Swedish Prison Service, said that Deronjic had died “a completely natural death, with his family present.”

The dead man’s stay in Swedish prison had gone relatively well, with the exception of his recent illness. No threats had been received against him, Isaksson said.

Derojnic was not the only Bosnian war criminal jailed in Sweden. Biljana Plavsic, former Bosnian Serb president, is serving a sentence in Hinseberg jail, near Örebro. Sweden has expressed its willingness to receive further war criminals convicted by the court in the Hague.