Bosnias tidligere president Ejup Ganic er løslatt fra britisk arrest mot en kausjon på nær 3 millioner kroner. Han ble pågrepet på Heathrow pga en etterlysning fra Serbia. En bosnisk flyktning som er blitt styrtrik, la pengene på bordet.
En annen som støtter Ganic og synes det er en skam at han ble pågrepet, er tidligere statsminister Margareth Thatcher.
Diana Jenkins, who lives in Malibu, put up the money to have Ejup Ganic released as he fights extradition to Serbia on war crimes charges. The High Court agreed to give him bail a week after he was held at Heathrow airport on suspicion of being involved in the massacre of 40 Yugoslav soldiers in 1992.
His release from Wandsworth prison was secured after the intervention of Mrs Jenkins who left Bosnia as penniless refugee. She is married to Roger Jenkins, a British banker, who negotiated a £7 billion investment from Qatar to save Barclays Bank at the start of the financial crisis.
Last year, she left Britain claiming she had suffered discrimination in London and that years of snobbery left her feeling «unfulfilled, empty, almost dirty».
She said: «I was furious when I heard Dr Ganic had been arrested and knew I had to help him – even though we have never met. The Serbian accusations against him are part of a shameless political campaign to whitewash what really happened in Bosnia.
«For him to be jailed on charges that prosecutors in The Hague long ago reviewed and dismissed was a disgrace. Now he can fight these ridiculous accusations as a free man.»
Mrs Jenkins, 36, was born Sanela Dijana Catic in a Bosnian Muslim family and grew up in a small flat in Sarajevo. When war broke out in 1992, she walked to Croatia and eventually fled to London in 1993. After saving money from a string of menial jobs, she reinvented herself as «Diana», started her own investment fund and met her future husband.
Mr Ganic was released from jail yesterday afternoon and was ordered to live at a specified London address, report daily to a police station and observe a curfew.
His lawyer said a £300,000 security was put up by an anonymous «lady of substantial means» but did not disclose her identity.
Serbia has sought the extradition of the 64-year-old academic over the massacre of soldiers leaving Sarajevo under a UN-brokered safe passage. His arrest caused outrage in the Balkans.
Diana Jenkins posts £300,000 bail to free Ejup Ganic
A Bosnian-born philanthropist who left Britain after being treated like an «Eastern European mail order bride» provided £300,000 bail to free her country’s former president from prison in London on Thursday.