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crime & justice

Serb Arrested, Suspected of War Crimes

Published måndag 7 juni 2010 kl 17.20
Albanians in Kosovo fleeing the war in 1996.

A 32-year-old Serbian suspected of war crimes was arrested in Sweden on Monday, the second in two months to be detained for Balkan War-era crimes. The man has, however, been released while the prosecution continues its investigation.

The case involves the same well-documented May 1999 massacre in the village of Cuska in western Kosovo that the other man is suspected of participating in.

Forty-one people were killed when the soldiers entered the village to drive away the Albanian population, most of them riddled with bullets in three houses that were later burned down.

Both Serbs deny the charges of murder and crimes against humanity, and neither are Swedish citizens.

Prosecutor Lars Hevall told news agency TT that the two men's cases are "not directly connected to one another," but they concern "the same village, the same day."

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