BELGRADE, Serbia-Montenegro (AP) - A Serbian court sentenced a border guard to one year in prison Tuesday for shooting and killing an ethnic Albanian youth in January.
The District Court in Nis, about 180 kilometers (108 miles) southeast of Belgrade, ruled that Dejan Jovanovic, 28, "violated rules in guarding the state boundary" when he fired at Dashim Hajrulahu, 16, while the youth was illegally crossing the border with Macedonia.
The January shooting increased ethnic tensions in volatile southern Serbia bordering Kosovo, which was the scene in 1999-2000 of an ethnic Albanian rebellion.
Jovanovic, a displaced Serb from Kosovo, was serving in the military as a border guard when Hajrulahu tried to cross illegally from Macedonia, where he had visited family relatives.
Judge Radomir Mladenovic ruled that Jovanovic should have fired warning shots in the air before shooting Hajrulahu. The guard said he thought Hajrulahu was armed but no weapon was found.
There was no immediate comment from Hajrulahu's family or local ethnic Albanian leaders.