Serb arrested in K. Mitrovica charged on three counts

BELGRADE, PRIŠTINA -- Kosovo Serb Dragoljub Delibašić arrested by Ein northern Kosovo on suspicion of committing "a series of crimes in 1999 and 2000," is charged on three counts.

EULEX police are seen in Priština (Tanjug, file)
EULEX police are seen in Priština (Tanjug, file)

This is according to EULEX spokeswoman Irina Gudeljevic.

Acting in the capacity of Kosovska Mitrovica Police Commander in 1999-2000, Delibašić "incited the offence of aggravated murder by depriving other persons of life because of national motives, allegedly committed in co-perpetration with Oliver Ivanović," Gudeljevic told the Politika daily.

Delibašić is charged with incitement to commit the offence of attempted aggravated murder by depriving other persons of life because of national motives resulting in grievous bodily injury, also committed in co-perpetration with Oliver Ivanović, Gudeljevic said.

At the same time, he is charged with incitement to commit the offence of attempted aggravated murder by depriving other persons of life because of national motives, also committed in co-perpetration with Oliver Ivanović, Gudeljevic said.

Asked to comment on "allegations" that there is a secret list of 40 Serbs and that another four Serb police officers integrated into the Kosovo police are to be arrested in the coming days, Gudeljevic said that EULEX "has no secret lists and that the answer to the other question is also in the negative."

Lawyer Dejan A. Vasić said on Wednesday that a EULEX pretrial judge has ordered a one-month detention for Delibašić due to the seriousness of the charges, based on statements of two protected witnesses and a statement of Kosovo interior Minister Bajram Redzepi at the Kosovo Special Prosecution Office.

Vasić said that the defence has not seen the witnesses' statements and that the possibility of escape and potential influence on witnesses were the reasons for the detention of Delibašić, a retired Serbian police colonel.

In addition to Delibašić and Oliver Ivanović, the leader of the Civil Initiative SDP, other persons are also under investigation in the case, Vasić said.

In his first appearance before a EULEX international judge at the Special Prosecution Office in Priština, Delibašić exercised his right to remain silent.