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Serbia court orders release of 3 Kosovo police officers

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A Serbian court docket close to the Kosovo border ordered the discharge of three Kosovo cops who have been detained earlier this month. Prosecutors within the Serbian metropolis of Kraljevo, simply over 100 kilometers north of the Kosovo border, indicted the officers for trafficking explosive weapons into Serbia. The Excessive Court docket of Kraljevo launched the officers, permitting their return to Kosovo, regardless of permitting the fees in opposition to them to face. Kosovo President Vjosa Osmani particularly thanked the US for its assist of the officers’ launch.

The arrest of the officers led to elevated stress between Serbia and Kosovo. Kosovo authorities claimed that the officers have been “kidnapped” from inside their borders. Albin Kurti, the Prime Minister of Kosovo, said “Despite the fact that we’re joyous that they get to return to their households, this abduction consists of a critical human rights violation and should be reprimanded. The Serbian aggression should be held accountable.” Serbian officers disputed the kidnapping declare. Based on AP, Serbia’s chief negotiator with Kosovo, Petar Petkovic, mentioned the proceedings in opposition to the officer will continue.

The detention of the cops was not the one political arrest to warmth up Serbia-Kosovo relations in June. Other than that case, Petkovic additionally negotiated the discharge of Rados Petrovic on June twenty third. Petrovic is an ethnic Serb from Zvecan, a northern area of Kosovo. He was one in all a number of arrested by Kosovo authorities throughout peaceable protests in opposition to mayoral elections that elected an ethnic Albanian mayor within the majority Serb space. Many Serbian residents see the election as “illegitimate” and don’t take part. Regardless of protesting peacefully, Kosovo’s authorities charged Petrovic with 4 critical felony offenses.

On June twenty fourth, Kosovo Prime Minister Kurti claimed that Kosovo authorities prevented a “terrorist assault.” He claimed {that a} Serbian state-owned automobile was stopped 100 kilometers from Zvecan and that Kosovo police discovered a big cache of military-grade weapons produced in Serbia inside.

Source / Picture: jurist.org

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