Court grants Ivanovic’s transfer from Pristina’s detention center to Mitrovica

Court grants Ivanovic’s transfer from Pristina’s detention center to Mitrovica

Pristina, March 11, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Elton Tota

Court of Appeal in Pristina has granted the request of the Serb politician, Oliver Ivanovic to be transferred to the detention center of Mitrovica, from Pristina where he’s being detained from January 27 on suspicions of war crimes and post war crimes in Kosovo.

A body of judges in the Court of First Instance of Mitrovica has confirmed today (11.03) the decision to transfer Oliver Ivanovic in the detention center of Mitrovica, confirmed EULEX mission in Kosovo.

The initial ruling of the court stated that there was no reason for Oliver Ivanovic to be detained in the detention center of Pristina.

During the deliberation at the Court of Appeal, the body of judges ruled that there was no legal reason that prevents the transfer of Oliver Ivanovic in the detention center of Mitrovica.

On February 27, Mr. Ivanovic’s detention period was extended by another two months. On Saturday, a judge had granted the request for transfer which was appealed by the prosecution.

Meanwhile, Mr. Ivanovic had started a hunger strike by demanding to be transferred to Mitrovica.

The demand to be transferred in the northern part of Mitrovica inhabited by a Serb majority was also backed by Belgrade officials who had offered guarantees in order for Mr. Ivanovic to be released on bail.

EULEX judges had refused the release on bail for Mr. Ivanovic. Mr. Ivanovic is accused of war crimes against civilians, perpetrated in April 1999. He’s also accused of encouraging others to commit criminal offenses, murders or serious injuries, perpetrated in February 2000.

Oliver Ivanovic has been involved in politics since the end of the war in Kosovo. In the local government elections, Mr. Ivanovic was a candidate for the mayor of northern Mitrovica. /ibna/