09 Dec 2010 / 13:34 New Details Emerge in Case of Murdered Bosniak in Kosovo
More details have emerged surrounding the murder of a Bosniak political activist in northern Kosovo on Wednesday.
Beta, Tanjug, B92 The victim, who has been identified by both Serbian and Kosovo police by his initials, S.S., was an activist in the Bosniak electoral coalition Vakat.
S.S was murdered in his car in the municipality of Leposavic in mainly Serb-run northern Kosovo, and his companion was injured. The killing came as Kosovo prepares for snap elections scheduled for December 12.
The incident is currently under investigation. "The circumstances and the possible motives of the attack on the vehicle are not known,” Kosovo police said.
In Belgrade, meanwhile, Serbian police announced that the victim was wanted on charges that he committed murder in the southern Serbian town of Novi Pazar.
An arrest warrant was issued for S.S. in 2000, but he remained out of reach of Serbia's police, according to a police statement for Beta news agency on Thursday.
Novi Pazar is home to most of the Bosniaks living in Serbia.
In Pristina on Wednesday, the chief of the EU rule of law mission EULEX, Xavier de Marnhac, strongly condemned the attack and said that EULEX would help the Kosovo police investigate the incident.
“We appeal on all sides in this potentially sensitive period to act responsibly. The use of violence is completely unacceptable,” the EULEX head said.
Marnhac said that he truly believed that the Kosovo police will fulfill its tasks related to the investigation, and underscored that EULEX was ready to back the police and react if necessary, the EULEX press release read.