Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Arsic and Zivic released from custody

PRISTINA – Head of the Kosovo District Goran Arsic and Lipljan Red Cross secretary Novica Zivic were released on Monday after spending 48 hours in custody. Serbia's Minister for Kosovo Goran Bogdanovic confirmed the release to Tanjug. The two Serbs' lawyer, Zivojin Jokanovic, stated for Tanjug the prosecutor of the Pristina municipal court had not requested an extension of custody for the two, so both were released just after 2 p.m. CET on Monday. 
 It remains to be seen whether the prosecutor is going to give up on the case against Arsic and Zivic, who were arrested on Saturday afternoon in the village of Staro Gracko, the municipality of Lipljan. The reason for the arrest, according to Kosovo's Interior Minister Bajram Redzepi, was a report by some persons stating that Arsic had tried to force them to vote in Serbia's elections on May 6. Dejan Zivic, Novica's son, said his father and Arsic were accused of violating Kosovo's constitution. After the arrest, the police searched the two men's residences and found election material in Arsic's home, related to the last election Serbia has held in Kosovo.

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