Serb official arrested in Kosovo

Published on April 18, 2007, B92

Category: Violence Against Christian Serbs and Their Holy Places

STRPCE -- Special KPS, KFOR and UNMIK troops arrested the manager of Serbia’s forestry company in Štrpce, Kosovo.

Milan Mirkovic, Štrpce head of Srbijašume, a state forestry management company, was arrested this morning in a raid at his family home.

Kosovo Coordinating Center said in a statement the army and police raided the house at 4 a.m. this morning, arresting Mirkovic after he and his sons spent two hours tied up, harassed and beaten.

He was then transported to a police station in Uroševac where he will be held for 24 hours.

The Center condemned the behavior of Kosovo and international policemen and KFOR in strong terms, adding that injuries and marks of torture were visible on the bodies of Mirkovic’s sons.

“Perpetuation of ethnic discrimination and intimidation of the Serb population, conducted by the Albanian police aiming to ethnically cleanse Serbs in Kosovo, is unacceptable,” the statement said.

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