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EULEX Kosovo pays tribute to one of its own. The investigation not closed

Alexandra Papadopoulou on the road in northern Kosovo where Audrius was killed four years ago (credit: EULEX Kosovo)

(B2) The European mission deployed in Kosovo (EULEX Kosovo) paid tribute on September 19 to one of its own, Audrius Šenavičius, killed “ on the front line » in northern Kosovo, September 19, 2013. The current head of the mission, the Greek Alexandra Papadopoulou, came to pay her respects at the place where this Lithuanian customs officer was shot dead four years ago. “ Audrius made the ultimate sacrifice. And nothing can replace the loss of a loved one. We have lost a valued team member ". The whole mission observed the traditional minute of silence.

The perpetrators of the act sought

The exact circumstances of the act are still not known. " Of many questions surrounding this murder stay put » recognized Papadopoulou. EULEX continues to seek information that could help bring the perpetrators of Audrius' assassination to justice. Even the offer of a reward for information yielded nothing (read: Wanted). " Justice deserves to be served. I am asking anyone who has information of any kind ". Same " minor information could be essential information for investigators we underline at the mission.

Some questions

NB: several questions still arise: who carried out this attack? Simple thugs (which seems doubtful given the circumstances), Serbs from northern Kosovo or... Kosovars close to the regime in place in Pristina wanting to put an end to the mission? The way in which the attack was carried out – which looks more like an ambush than a shooting error (according to our information) – could raise questions. Likewise, the question could arise of the degree of protection of European police officers on mission (were the type of vehicles used and their armor adapted to the volatile situation? ...)

(Nicolas Gros-Verheyde)

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).