22 March 2007

Albanian policeman killed, Coordinating Center accuses KPS of mistreating Serbs

Radio Television Serbia, Wednesday, January 3, 2007


Policeman Avni Kosumi [an ethnic Albanian] was killed this morning on the road from Pristina to Kosovska Mitrovica between the villages of Babin Most and Stanovce, Kosovo police advised.


Kosumi (41) was hit at 1:30 a.m. by a bullet fired at a civilian vehicle in motion, says a written statement provided to Tanjug. Kosumi's death was established in the emergency medical station in Vucitrn.


The vehicle hit was carrying the driver and three officials of the Kosovo police. The policemen were on their way to Vucitrn as they returned to work. An investigation is in progress.


Coordinating center accuses KPS of mistreating Serbs


The Coordinating Center for Kosovo and Metohija's Press Center in Kosovska Mitrovica accused members of the Kosovo Police Service of "taking advantage of the death of a policeman for the mistreatment" of Serbs. The statements says that members of the KPS blocked the village of Babic Most in Obilic municipality, which is inhabited by Serbs, this morning at about 3:30 a.m. They spent hours searching Serb houses and "mistreating" the locals.


The statement adds that the KPS member was killed "at the intersection (with the road leading) to Babin Most" in an area "inhabited exclusively by Albanians".


"Consequently, today's unscrupulous mistreatment of Serbs, who have been living in fear for the past seven years in a highly hostile Albanian environment, can only be described as yet another anti-Serb campaign by the government of Agim Ceku," says the statement.