Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Two Serbian policemen arrested over Kosovo war crime

Two Serbian policemen have been arrested on suspicion of murdering an ethnic Albanian civilian during the 1998-99 Kosovo war, the Serbian war crimes prosecutor's office said on Tuesday.

The prosecutor's office said in a statement it had demanded an inquiry into the policemen, who are suspected of committing "a war crime against the civilian population in the village of Bukos", in western Kosovo.

It did not release their identity.

The case had been handed over to Serbia's war crime prosecutor by the legal branch of the United Nations mission in Kosovo (UNMIK), the statement said.

Kosovo has been administered by the UN since June 1999, when NATO forces drove Serb forces loyal to then president Slobodan Milosevic out of Kosovo and ended their crackdown on the province's ethnic Albanian majority.

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