Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Kosovo Albanians welcome the arrests of war crime suspects-Serbs protest

Reactions after arrest of four K-Serbs suspected of war crimes
Koha Ditore reports on the front page that the arrest of four Serbs in Gracanica
has brought relief among the families of the victims in Sllovi village of Lipjan.
“I was afraid I was going to die before hearing that those who killed my sons got
arrested; now I feel relieved”, the paper quotes 70 year-old Zejnepe Gashi, who
lost her husband, two sons and two nephews.
Other family members are also quoted as recalling the crime scene.
Zëri reports that the four Serbs arrested on war crime charges on Monday have
been questioned and writes that Lubisa Peric has been rendered one month
detention while brothers Maksimovic are waiting for a decision by the judge. Kosova Public Television ( RTK) reported the Prime Minister,Kosumi, as thanking KFOR and Kosovo Police for the arrests.He said the only way to build a democratic Kosovo for all its people is by enforcing the laws- and that means punishing the war crime suspects.

Serbian media , on the other side, have been reporting the negative reaction of K- Serbs. A small group of Serbs gathered in Gracanica to protest the arrests.Politicians in Serbia objected to the arrests of war crime suspects as well.


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