Lawyer: EULEX head interferes with judiciary

Oliver Ivanović's his lawyer Nebojša Vlajić has said that the head of the EU mission in Kosovo, EULEX, was interfering in the work of judicial authorities.

Source: Tanjug
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Vlajić's comments came in reaction to another extension of custody for the leader of the Citizens’ Initiative “Freedom, Democracy, Justice” (GI SDP)," and after the EULEX chieg "had been announcing that extension for a few days before the decision was made."

EULEX spokeswoman Dragana Nikolic-Solomon told Tanjug yesterday that Ivanović’s custody had been extended by another two more months, to October 26.

“We received the decision on the extension of detention yesterday at noon, and the head of EULEX knew about it, and if that is so, it means that he is interfering with the judiciary and that he is the one who ordered it, and not the judge,” Vlajić told TV Most, based in the northern Kosovo town of Zvečan.

Referring to the disregard for the guarantees offered by the government of the Republic of Serbia that Ivanović and others will be available to judicial authorities at all times in exchange for their release pending trial, Vlajić said that it had happened for the first time in the case of Oliver Ivanović and Dragoljub Delibašić.

“Provision of state guarantees that someone will be available (to judicial authorities) is an institute of international law,” stressed Vlajić.

He pointed out that guarantees coming from the government of the Republic of Serbia are accepted at the Hague tribunal and stressed that Serbia guaranteed that Oliver Ivanović, who held its citizenship, would be available to the court at all times.

“It is unclear why the court and the public prosecutor are ignoring the guarantees when (Serbia’s) guarantees have been recognized and respected, and never betrayed, in The Hague, in far more important and more difficult cases,” Vlajić said.

Ivanović is charged with ordering the murder of four ethnic Albanians that took place in Kosovska Mitrovica on April 14, 1999 (during the armed conflict in Kosovo and the NATO bombing of Serbia).

The GI SDP leader is also charged with inciting the killing of 10 ethnic Albanians in unrest on February 3, 2000, which broke out after a bomb was thrown into a club in North Mitrovica and had several Serbs wounded.

Former chief of police in Kosovska Mitrovica and retired Serbian Interior Ministry Colonel Dragoljub Delibasic is charged with inciting together with Ivanović,co-aggravated murder and attempted aggravated murder on February 3, 2000.

Ivanović, Delibašić, and other Serbs accused on Tuesday pleaded not guilty to all charges.

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