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Kosovo Leader’s Brother Charged

January 6, 2000

PRISTINA, Yugoslavia (AP) _ A brother of Kosovo Albanian leader Hashim Thaci has been charged with illegal possession of weapons and released from detention, sources said Thursday.

Gani Thaci, whose brother was the political head of the now disbanded Kosovo Liberation Army, was released Wednesday after U.N. police detained him for firing a gun from an apartment, the United Nations said in a statement.

He was arrested Tuesday. The U.N. statement made no mention of any charges, which were confirmed by U.N. and NATO sources on condition they not be named.

The sources also said that $791,000 was confiscated from the apartment, along with weapons.

In a separate incident, Hashim Thaci’s personal bodyguard was also briefly detained Wednesday during a search for illegal weapons in a Pristina cafe, the United Nations said.

Hashim Thaci’s office declined comment Thursday, saying he had no connection to either incident.

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