Home Page
News 27 Sep 13

Reward Offered to Find EULEX Officer's Killer

More than a week after the killing of a EULEX customs officer in northern Kosovo, the EU law mission and Kosovo Police announced a reward of up to 27,500 euro for information.

BIRN Pristina

Announcing the reward, Pascal Persoons, a EULEX Prosecutor, said he was making “a personal appeal to anyone who has seen something, to say something. If you have seen anything unusual – no matter how small or insignificant you think it is - please report it, either to the local police, or to EULEX, on +381 38 78 6565.

"Everything you say will be treated in strictest confidence,” he added.

Persoons made the announcement during a joint press conference in Mitrovica, northern Kosovo, of officials from the EU rule-of-law mission and the Kosovo Police.

The investigation into the murder of Audrius Senavicius is being carried out by a mixed team of EULEX Police and Kosovo Police investigators under supervision of two EULEX prosecutors.

The Lithuanian customs officer 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. The exact motive for the killing is unknown.

The case falls under the exclusive jurisdiction of the Special Prosecution Office in Kosovo.
Andrew Carney, EULEX's lead prosecutor on the case, said 20 investigators were involved in the investigation.

“We are following a number of lines of enquiry. The task of the investigators will be to investigate each line of enquiry to their natural conclusion,” he said.

The murder has been condemned by officials in Pristina, Belgrade and Brussels who have called for the perpetrators to be brought to justice.

The killing has raised tensions in northern Kosovo ahead of nationwide local elections due in November - the first staged in Kosovo since Kosovo and Serbia agreed a landmark deal on "normalising" their relations.

Talk about it!

blog comments powered by Disqus

Serbia - Kosovo Relations: Latest Headlines

serbian-movie-about-kosovo-sparks-new-tensions-09-18-2017 News 18 Sep 17 Kosovo Slates Serbian Film Attacking its UNESCO Bid

The Kosovo prime minister's office has condemned a Serbian documentary film that attacks Pristina's bid to join the UN cutural body UNESCO as offensive.

serbia-s-arrest-warrant-against-haradinaj-still-in-place-09-11-2017 News 12 Sep 17 Serbia Still Seeking Arrest of Kosovo PM Haradinaj

Although Ramush Haradinaj has become Kosovo’s prime minister, the warrant that Serbia issued for his arrest on war crimes charges will remain in force, which may cause him travel problems.

serbian-public-divided-over-the-lista-srpska-decision-09-08-2017 News 08 Sep 17 Prospect of Haradinaj Running Kosovo Divides Serbia

The decision of the main Serb party in Kosovo to support the election of a new speaker - which will probably lead to former guerrilla leader Ramush Haradinaj becoming Kosovo's new prime minister - has shocked some in Serbia.

new-report-proposes-more-robust-role-of-eu-usa-in-serbia-kosovo-dialogue-09-05-2017 News 05 Sep 17 Serbia Must Recognise Kosovo, US Experts Insist

A review of the EU-mediated Belgrade-Pristina dialogue by experts at Columbia University recommends that Brussels and Washington take action to enforce all agreements - and insists Serbia must recognise Kosovo.

kosovo-serbia-pledge-to-implement-justice-agreement-08-31-2017 News 31 Aug 17 Kosovo, Serbia Leaders Pledge to Honour Justice Deal

The Serbian and Kosovo Presidents have promised to implement an EU-mediated justice agreement by October after meeting EU foreign policy chief Mogherini in Brussels.

albin-kurti-kosovo-serbia-dialogue-is-dead--08-29-2017 Interview 29 Aug 17 Albin Kurti: Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue is ‘Dead’

The opposition Vetevendosje candidate for Kosovo prime minister, Albin Kurti, told BIRN that EU-sponsored talks between Pristina and Belgrade have ‘failed’ and should not continue.

mogherini-to-host-new-meeting-with-serbian-and-kosovo-presidents-08-28-2017 News 28 Aug 17 Mogherini to Host New Thaci, Vucic Meeting

The EU foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, will host a new meeting with the presidents of Kosovo and Serbia on Thursday.

kosovo-serbia-historic-deal-remains-stuck-years-on-08-25-2017 Analysis 25 Aug 17 Kosovo-Serbia ‘Historic’ Deal Remains Stuck, Years On

Only one of the four agreements signed between Kosovo and Serbia two years ago has been implemented, while all others are blocked – as the two sides blame each other for the deadlock.

serbian-journalists-association-want-investigation-on-abducted-and-murdered-journalists-in-kosovo-08-21-2017 News 21 Aug 17 Serbian Union Wants Journalists Killed in Kosovo Investigated

Marking the 19th anniversary of the disappearance of two Serbian radio journalists in Kosovo, a journalists’ association has demanded a fresh investigation into their deaths - and those of other journalists abducted and killed in Kosovo.

actions-not-words-will-thaw-kosovo-serbia-relations-08-17-2017 Comment 17 Aug 17 Actions, Not Words, Will Thaw Kosovo-Serbia Relations

Recent statements from Belgrade offer fresh hope for lasting reconciliation between Serbia and Kosovo – but warm words need to be backed up by concrete actions.