Serbs block N. Kosovo road in protest

ZUBIN POTOK -- Members of the local business community in the town of Zubin Potok, northern Kosovo, today organized a protest and set up a road block near the town.

This came in reaction to the arrest of one of Jevra Pantelić.

The traffic is being redirected to alternative routes. The protest in the center of the town has gathered several hundred Serbs.

President of the Zubin potok Business Association Ratomir Božović and Mayor Slaviša Ristić addressed the crowd.

They stated that failing to pay taxes to the Kosovo Albanian government in Priština cannot be a cause for arresting businessmen in northern Kosovo.

The road block will remain in place until the protesters' demand for Pantelić to be released is granted.

A judge from the EU mission in Kosovo (EULEX) has decided that Pantelić should remain in custody for 30 days.

Pantelić was arrested in a joint operation by EULEX and NATO's KFOR two days ago. He is suspected of involvement in organized crime.

EULEX spokesperson Irina Gudeljevic stated after the arrest that he was apprehended during an investigation into organized crime, money laundering, fuel smuggling, tax evasion and fraud to avoid paying import customs and excise tax.