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Serbian court releases three Kosovo police officers charged with illegal possession of weapons

A Serbian court releases three Kosovo police officers and permits them to return to their nation after they had been detained earlier in June and charged with illegal possession of weapons and explosive units.

The court within the central Serbian city of Kraljevo freed the officers as tensions escalated between the Balkan foes and following US and European Union calls for that they be let out.

All three are being allowed to return to Kosovo and it isn’t clear if the case will proceed of their absence. 

The officers had been detained in mid-June. Serbia stated that they had crossed into the nation from Kosovo, whereas Kosovar authorities insisted that they had been kidnapped inside Kosovo and transferred to a Serbian jail.

In a tweet, Kosovo Prime Minister Albin Kurti confirmed the officers’ launch however whereas welcoming the information insisted Serbia be held accountable. 

The dispute has elevated tensions between the 2 international locations which have flared into latest violent clashes within the Serb-majority north of Kosovo, stirring fears of a renewal of the 1998-99 battle that left greater than 10,000 individuals useless, largely Kosovar Albanians.

In Could, Kosovo police seized native municipality buildings in northern Kosovo, the place Serbs signify a majority, to put in ethnic Albanian mayors who had been elected in an area election in April that Serbs overwhelmingly boycotted. 

Final week the EU summoned the leaders of Kosovo and Serbia to Brussels in a bid to ease the tensions. The assembly produced no breakthrough as EU officers urged either side to make a direct effort to defuse the state of affairs.

Serbia and its former province Kosovo have been at odds for many years, with Belgrade refusing to recognise Kosovo’s 2008 declaration of independence.


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