News 20 Apr 17

Kosovo Indicts Ex-Policeman for 1999 War Crimes

Kosovo’s Special Prosecution charged a former police reservist with committing war crimes against civilians in Vushtrri/Vucitrn and Mitrovica, including “brutal” killings, intimidation and theft.

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Kosovo’s Special Prosecution filed an indictment on Thursday charging a former police reservist with committing war crimes against the civilian population between the town of Vushtrri/Vucitrn and the villages of Studime e Eperme/Gornja Studimlja and Studime e Poshtme/Donja Studimlja on or about May 2, 1999.

The suspect is also accused of committing war crimes against civilians at the Smrekovnica Detention Centre in the Mitrovica municipality in the weeks afterwards.

“These crimes include brutal and unlawful killings, inhuman treatment, causing immense suffering, application of measures of intimidation and terror, property confiscation, pillaging, and stealing [on a large scale],” said a statement issued by the EU rule-of-law mission EULEX.

The suspect, identified only by the initials Z.V., was charged after having been extradited from Montenegro, the statement said.

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