Serb leader in Kosovo remanded for another two months into custody

Serb leader in Kosovo remanded for another two months into custody

EULEX: “The court believes that there’s still a fleeing risk and a risk for the defendant to have an impact on witnesses if released”

Pristina, February 28, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Elton Tota

Leader of Civil Incentive “Serbia, Democracy, Justice”, Oliver Ivanovic will continue to be held under custody for another two months, as the court believes that there’s a fleeing risk.

The Court of First Instance in Mitrovica has decided for the politician from northern Mitrovica to remain under custody for another 60 days.

Oliver Ivanovic is accused of war crimes committed in Kosovo, serious breaches of international conventions of war, the killing of people on national basis and torture.

Speaking on Ivanovic’s extension of the custody term, EULEX said that “the judge of the Court of First Instance of Mitrovica has granted the request of the Office of Special Prosecution of Kosovo and ordered to extend jail custody for another two months for Oliver Ivanovic”.

“The judge believes that there’s still a fleeing risk and a risk for the defendant to affect witnesses if he’s released and that there are no softer measures that can be applied at this time”, declared EULEX. /ibna/