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Verdict for war crimes in Kosovo

7 years in prison! Vukmir Cvetkovic, a former member of the Serbian police, was convicted on November 9 by the Pec (Peja) District Court for war crimes. A judgment made possible, in large part, by the presence of the European mission EULEX (Rule of Law). In addition to the prosecutor acting on delegation from the special prosecutor of Kosovo, two of the three magistrates of the seat (the third judge was a Kosovar) were members of EULEX.

Born on July 12, 1969, in Kline, Vukmir Cvetkovic was accused of having contributed to several war crimes in his hometown during the events of 1999 which saw Serbian forces drive out Albanian residents. He was notably convicted of expelling a family from the city and burning two houses at the end of March 1999. Cvetkovic was on a list transmitted by Interpol concerning war criminals. Arrested in March 2009 in Norway, he was then extradited to Kosovo and arrested on July 13, 2010.

This is not the first time that European judges have been involved in a war crimes trial. In October 2009, they sentenced 3 Albanian Kosovars – Latif Gashi, Nazif Mehmeti, Rrustem Mustafa – to respectively 6 years, 3 years and 4 years in prison for acts of torture and ill-treatment committed between October 1998 and April 1999, on detained civilians (some were Kosovar Albanians accused of treason or disloyalty to the KLA, the Kosovo Liberation Army, another was a Serb).

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).