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Kosovo Serbs Urged to Report EULEX Officer's Killer

A day after the body of Audrius Sevanicius, a recently slain EULEX custom officer, was sent back to Lithuania, the EU mission and Kosovo Police have appealed for more information.

BIRN Pristina

Kosovo Police and EULEX police are launching an outreach effort in northern Kosovo and will be going door-to-door, asking local citizens if they can recall anything about the events of last week, the EU rule-of-law mission said in a press release.

Lithuanian customs officer Senavicius was shot dead in an ambush in Serb-run northern Kosovo last Thursday as he was on his way to work.

His convoy was ambushed in the vicinity of the Banjska Junction, about 7km north of Zvecan/Zveqan in northern Kosovo.

Kosovo Police and EULEX police have launched an investigation into the case, led by a EULEX prosecutor from the Special Prosecution Office in Kosovo, SPRK.

EULEX said it will be distributing leaflets, appealing to all citizens “to have courage and help us in bringing the perpetrators to justice.

“If you have any information that can assist the police, do the right thing and contact the police or this number +381 3878 6565,” it reads.

On Wednesday, EULEX organized a memorial ceremony for Senavicius at Pristina Airport as his remains were sent back to Lithuania.

“One thing I can promise: We won’t leave any stone unturned to find the perpetrators or the perpetrator. We won’t allow crime, violence or intimidation to deter us from fulfilling our mission”, Bernd Bochardt, the head of EULEX, said.

Atifete Jahjaga, the President of Kosovo, also urged all institutions to work together to bring the perpetrators of this “cowardly” act to justice.

“This was an attack on our common values by destructive forces that want to stop Kosovo’s progress, that want to reverse the numerous achievements that we have accomplished together and that aim to sow mistrust and fear in the hearts of Kosovo’s citizens, who are working hard and making huge sacrifices to transform our country into a better place,” President Jahjaga said at the ceremony.

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