Protests in Kosovo following arrest of Serb leader

Serbia Democracy Justice leader Oliver Ivanovic was arrested on Monday under the suspicion of committing war crimes in Kosovo in 1999-2000.

Protests in Kosovo following arrest of Serb leader

World Bulletin / News Desk

Nearly 1,000 people gathered in the northern Kosovo city Mitrovica to protest the arrest of Serbia Democracy Justice leader Oliver Ivanovic, Anadolu Agency (AA) reported.

Demonstrators carried Serbian flags and raised placards calling for the release of Ivanovic.

Ksenija Bozovic, representative of the group urged the authorities to release Ivanovic and allow him to defend himself.

"He has been wrongly accused of a crime he didn't commit," Bozovic said.

Ivanovic was arrested on Monday under the suspicion of committing war crimes in Kosovo in 1999-2000.

Serbian Orthodox Church Bishop Teodosije wrote a letter of support to Ivanovic that was read aloud at today's protest, saying his arrest creates instability.

Serbia's First Vice Deputy Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic sent a letter to the EU High Representative for External Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton demanding an explanation for Ivanovic's arrest.

"How could Ivanovic be arrested when he has had a series of meetings with the international community and Albanian representatives over the last 10 years?" Vucic said at a press conference.

Vucic stressed that the situation is an important way to establish peace and stability as well as create confidence between Serbs and EU institutions.

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