Friday, April 15, 2005

Brother of Kosovo's Haradinaj killed- Family Dispute Not Politicaly Motivated

PRISTINA, April 15 (Reuters) - A younger brother of former Kosovo Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj was shot dead on Friday in an apparent family dispute, a source in the NATO-led KFOR peacekeeping force told Reuters.

Enver Haradinaj, a student, was shot between the villages of Raushiq and Lubenic, and the reason for the shooting was likely a dispute with other prominent local families, the source said.

"It looks like a family is not politically motivated," the source added.

Ramush Haradinaj, a former guerrilla commander, resigned and surrendered to the United Nations tribunal in The Hague in early March on charges of war crimes against civilians during the ethnic Albanian insurgency in the province in 1998-99.

Enver also fought alongside Ramush while in his late teens.

The heavy-handed crackdown by Serb forces provoked a NATO bombing campaign against Belgrade and the withdrawal of Serb troops.

Kosovo has been a United Nations protectorate since and talks on its final status are expected this year.

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