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A Serb suspected of war crimes in Kosovo is arrested

A Serb suspected of war crimes in Kosovo is arrested

Authorities in Kosovo have arrested a suspect for war crimes in Kosovo, the Special Prosecutor's Office announced on September 29.

The arrested person, according to the Prosecutor's Office, is MP, of Serbian nationality, a citizen of Kosovo and Serbia. He is suspected of the criminal offense "war crime against the civilian population".

"The Special Prosecutor's Office announces that a criminal complaint has been filed against the same person with the suspicion that in September 1998, in the 'Hoqa Mahall' neighborhood in Prizren, he participated in the murder of three civilians of Albanian nationality, who were not involved in war", the announcement said.

Since the end of the last war in Kosovo, about 70 people have been convicted of war crimes before local and international institutions.

From 2000 to 2008, war crimes in Kosovo were investigated by the United Nations Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK), while from 2008, by the European Union Rule of Law Mission (EULEX).

In 2018, this mission submitted the cases to the Kosovo Prosecutor's Office and local courts.

In the war fought in Kosovo in 1998-99, more than 13,000 civilians were killed and thousands more disappeared./rel

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