Ivanović to remain in jail for two more months

Civic Initiative SDP leader Oliver Ivanović will remain in prison for another two months, it has been reported on Friday.

Source: B92, Tanjug
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His lawyer Nebojša Vlajić said that the decision to extend the detention was made by EULEX pre-trial judge of the Municipal Court in Kosovska Mitrovica.

He specified that the detention ordered today will be in force through August 26.

"The reasons for continued detention are absolutely the same as in the previous decisions, the judge ignores the guarantees provided by the government of the Republic of Serbia, and claims what has not been true from the beginning, that Mr. Ivanović could escape if released, or influence witnesses," said Vlajić.

He added that he would most likely appeal against the decision during the day. The appeal is filed with the Appellate Court in Priština.

On January 27, Ivanović was questioned as a suspect in connection to two criminal offenses committed in 1999 and 2000. Afterwards, an EULEX prosecutor ordered him placed in custody.

Ivanović's lawyer said at the time that the charges against his client "did not make sense" and that the case was "politically motivated."

He was arrested on suspicion of involvement in an alleged war crime in 1999 and post-war incidents in 2000, including an aggravated murder, and for inciting to ethnically motivated murder.

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