Ex-Kosovo Serb leader convicted of war crimes

The president of the Civil Initiative Serbia, Democracy, Justice and former Kosovo Serb political leader, Oliver Ivanovic, was found guilty of war crimes during a Serb-Albanian conflict in 1999 and sentenced to nine years' imprisonment by a court in Kosovska Mitrovica on Thursday.

Ivanovic, a member of a paramilitary unit at the time relevant to the indictment, was arrested in January 2014 on charges of war crimes against civilians. The court, presided over by an international panel of the European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo, acquitted four other defendants. Ivanovic was acquitted of crimes committed in February 2000.

The panel was presided over by Romanian judge Roksana Komsa, who found that in 1999 Serb troops organised the cleansing of south Kosovska Mitrovica of Albanians, during which numerous Albanian families were forced out of their homes and men were separated from women and children. She found that Ivanovic was aware of the consequences of the expulsion of Albanians and that he acted knowing that it would lead to executions.

Ivanovic was sentenced pending appeal.

Last update: Thu, 21/01/2016 - 15:21
Author: 

More from Balkan

Nikolic, Vucic to attend Brussels talks on relaxing Serbia-Kosovo ties

The Serbia-Kosovo negotiations on the normalisation of the relations between those two neighbouring countries will...

Serbia to receive additional EUR 4mn from EU for migrants

Serbia will receive an additional EUR 4 million in aid for migrants, European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and...

Bank of China opens Belgrade branch

The Bank of China formally opened its branch in Belgrade on Saturday, which is expected to provide an additional...

Slovenian interior minister says Geneva convention outdated

Slovenia will not let others run its asylum policy and mange its borders, and the Geneva convention on refugees is...

Bosnia bothered by question if Serb entity's PM and Dodik wife were at Trump inauguration?

The prime minister in the Serb-populated entity of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Zeljka Cvijanovic, and the entity...