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Serbia prosecutors investigate detained Kosovo policemen amid calls for their release

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Prosecutors in Kraljevo, Serbia began an investigation on Friday into three Kosovo officers who had been controversially detained by the Serbian border management. The officers had been arrested on Wednesday, and Serbian authorities are investigating whether or not they dedicated “[u]nauthorized manufacturing, possession, carrying and trafficking of weapons” whereas energetic on the Serbia-Kosovo border.

Kosovo’s Justice Minister Albulena Haxhiu called for the cops to be launched, alleging Serbia “kidnapped” the officers inside Kosovo. Nevertheless, Serbian authorities counsel that the cops had been arrested on the Serbian facet of the boundary, implying that the officers crossed the border deliberately. In accordance with KFOR (the NATO peacekeeping mission in Kosovo), it nonetheless stays unclear the place the Kosovo cops had been on the time of the arrest. Nonetheless, the US and UK have urged Kosovo and Serbia to de-escalate tensions and launch the cops.

Presently, tensions between Serbia and Kosovo are excessive after latest violent clashes between Kosovo police within the Serb-majority municipality Zvecan relating to the election of ethnic-Albanian mayors, which the Serbs boycotted. After, Serbia positioned extra troops on its facet of the border, and Kosovo and NATO put authorities on the opposite. With this elevated navy presence, additional protests started final week, and on Friday shock grenades exploded outdoors two Kosovo police stations within the nation’s north.

Source / Picture: jurist.org

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