Analysis 12 Jul 16

Mystery Surrounds Serbian Terrorist Vet Case in Kosovo

The case of Slobodan Gavric, jailed for 13 years in Kosovo for terrorism after being found with more than 12 kilos of high-grade explosives, raises as many questions as it answers.

Skender Govori, Labinot Leposhtica
Slobodan Gavric being taken to a Pristina court in handcuffs. Photo: BIRN

One of the highest-profile trials of recent years in Kosovo has ended on June 29 in a 13-year jail term for Slobodan Gavric, a Serbian veterinarian found guilty of planning a terrorist act in Kosovo.

The process, which started with Gavric’s arrest on December 25, 2014, in Pristina’s Arberia neighbourhood, has left several unanswered questions, however.

It all began when Kosovo police received information that a Serbian citizen planned to enter Kosovo from Serbia with about 10 kilograms of explosives, and that his destination was the landmark Grand Hotel in Pristina.

The information turned out to be correct. Police found over 12 kilograms of explosives in his vehicle, which experts at the trial ranked as among the most powerful explosives available.

Kosovo authorities also said that while no detonators were found together with the PETN, the explosives were already mixed with screws, nails and other metal fragments intended to cause maximum damage and casualties.

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