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Kosovo Serb leader held in war crimes investigation

Last Updated: Tuesday, January 28, 2014 - 05:35

Kosovska Mitrovica: One of the main Serb political leaders in northern Kosovo, Oliver Ivanovic, was taken in for questioning on Monday on suspicion of involvement in war crimes during the Kosovo war, the EU said.

Ivanovic was questioned then placed in custody "as an alleged suspect in an ongoing war crimes investigation, together with allegations of aggravated murder after the conflict" according to a statement from the European Union Rule of Law Mission (Eulex).

Eulex is the EU`s police and justice mission in the region.

Ivanovic, can be held in custody for up to 48 hours.
The 60-year-old had presented himself voluntarily for questioning in the northern flashpoint city of Kosovska Mitrovica, accompanied by his lawyer.

Some 120,000 ethnic Serbs live in Kosovo, which declared independence from Serbia in 2008 and whose 1.8 million population is mainly Albanian.
But the 40,000 or so Serbs living in the north do not recognise its independence.

Kosovo has been recognised by more than 100 countries, including the United States and a majority of the EU states.

Ivanovic unsuccessfully ran for the post of mayor in north Mitrovica last December.

First Published: Tuesday, January 28, 2014 - 05:35
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