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News 27 Mar 12

Kosovo Serbs Remanded For 60 Days

 Five Kosovo Serbs accused of pressuring their compatriots not to recognise the Albanian-led government of Kosovo will spend another 60 days in detention.

Fatmir Aliu
Pristina

A spokesperson for the European Union Rule of Law Mission to Kosovo, EULEX, told Balkan Insight on Monday that a Kosovo court “decided to extend the detention on remand for five persons arrested in Gjilan until May 25th.”

Six men were arrested on February 25th in south-eastern Kosovo and were accused by prosecutors of “exerting undue pressure on citizens of the Kosovo Serb community living in Partes not to recognise Kosovo’s institutions.” One man was later released.

According to local media they had been under surveillance by the police for some time.

During the arrest, police allegedly found weapons and ammunition.
Serbia’s Minister of Interior Affairs, Ivica Dacic, said last month, that four of the detained men are police officers but that they do not serve in Kosovo.

The mayor of Partesh, Nenad Cvetkovic, welcomed the news of the arrest, accusing the group of “terrorising local Serbs by pressuring them not to recognise the institutions of Kosovo.”

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