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Serb politician arrested for war crimes

January 27, 2014

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — The European Union police and justice mission in Kosovo says it has arrested a Serb politician suspected of war crimes during the 1998-99 Kosovo war.

The mission, known as EULEX, said Monday that Oliver Ivanovic — a mayoral candidate for the town of Mitrovica — was identified as a suspect during an investigation into war crimes and alleged murder soon after the conflict. No other details were given.

An international prosecutor interviewed Ivanovic and a judge will decide if he will be kept in detention.

Ivanovic narrowly lost to a hardline Serb, Krstimir Pantic, in the race for mayor of the Serb part of Mitrovica. Pantic refused to swear allegiance to Kosovo’s ethnic Albanian authorities forcing a new vote to be held on Feb. 23.

Serbia rejects Kosovo’s 2008 secession.

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