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Kosovo Scraps Threat to Seek Serb Minister's Arrest

Ahead of a pre-election visit to Kosovo by Alexander Vulin, Serbian Minister for Kosovo, the Basic Court in Mitrovica withdrew an arrest warrant issued last week.

BIRN Pristina

Kosovo has withdrawn an arrest warrant for a Serbian minister after clarifying that he entered the country legally.

“The Basic Prosecution in Mitrovica has asked for the withdrawal of the arrest warrant of Alexander Vulin in line with a memorandum which shows that he entered Kosovo legally on October 16 by train”, the court said in its decision on Wednesday.

The legality of the controversial Serbian Minister for Kosovo's entry "can be proven by a train ticket bought on October 16”, it explained.

On Thursday, the State Prosecutor of Kosovo said it was launching a probe into Vulin's "unauthorized" entry from Serbia "far away from the official crossing point on October 17”.

The investigation was being undertaken to “gather evidence, based on which it will be decided whether to raise an indictment or cancel the investigation”.

On the prosecution’s request, the court meanwhile issued a warrant arrest.

During his visit to Kosovo, Vulin toured Gazivode Lake, near Zubin Potok, the Valac electricity substation, the Trepca mines and the Serbian Orthodox monastery at Gracanica in the company of another Serbian minister, the energy minister Zorana Mihajlovic.

Vulin is expected to visit Kosovo again on Friday with Serbian deputy prime minister, Alexander Vucic, ahead of the local elections due to be held in Kosovo on Sunday.

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