Thursday, February 03, 2005

Serbian Authorities Blocking War Crimes Probe -Activist

A prominent Belgrade human rights activist has accused authorities of blocking an investigation into alleged burning of bodies of the slain ethnic Albanians during the Kosovo war.

Natasa Kandic, of the Humanitarian Law Fund, accused Serbia's police and army of transporting the bodies into Serbia and burning them in a factory to hide evidence of war crimes.

She claimed that current Interior Minister Dragan Jocic and head of Serbia's intelligence agency Rade Bulatovic - both close allies of conservative Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica - were protecting the perpetrators and preventing further investigation.

There was no immediate comment from the government to the allegations.

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