Serbian MUP arrests ex-KLA war crimes suspect

Serbian Interior Ministry (MUP) officers have arrested a former members of the ethnic Albanian KLA, identified as Mark Kasneti, it has been announced.

Source: Tanjug

Kasneti had an outstanding international war crimes warrant issued against him, said the authorities.

He was apprehended on the Merdare crossing at the administrative line between central Serbia and Kosovo and Metohija on Saturday.

Interior Minister Ivica Dačić told Tanjug that Kasneti was charged with war crimes committed against Serbs in Kosovo and Metohija during the 1990's.

Dačić specified that the police arrested Kasneti while he was traveling on a bus.

Serbian Deputy War Crimes Prosecutor Bruno Vekarić said that Kasneti is charged with a war crime committed against Serb civilians in the village of Krajimirovce in 1998, while he was a member of the so-called Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA).

Kasneti will be brought before the Belgrade Special Court prosecutor for interrogation.

The case against Kasneti was launched "on grounds of a photo obtained from the damaged party and thus established his potential responsibility", Vekarić was quoted as saying, and adding that "the damaged party is available to the Prosecutor's Office which bears major importance for conducting the trial".

The photo shows Kasneti and three other KLA members abusing two civilians whose hands are tied behind their backs with wire.

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