Inquiries into Kosovo Serb leader murder without result a year later

Inquiries into Kosovo Serb leader murder without result a year later

Inquiries into Kosovo Serb leader murder without result a year later Izvor: N1

Oliver Ivanovic, the leader of the Civic Alliance SDP was assassinated outside his party office in the northern part of the divided Mitrovica town in Kosovo a year ago, and the executors and organisers remained unknown, N1 reported on Wednesday.

 Pristina and Belgarde are conducting own investigations with little or no cooperation, accusing each other of withholding information and implicating the other side was to blame for the murder.

According to his associates, Ivanovic was a politician who was trying to prove that the Serbs and the Albanians could reconcile.

His popularity was high, but Belgarde did not support him. On the contrary, during the 2017 local election in north Kosovo where the Serbs create a majority, Belgrade media and the Serb List, a party loyal to Serbia’s regime, demonised him.

After the murder, the attitude changed and Ivanovic was remembered as a great man.

Two separate commemorations were held on Wednesday, in Ivanovic's hometown Mitrovica and outside of St. Sava Temple in Belgrade where top Serbia's leadership was present, including President Aleksandar Vucic and PM Ana Brnabic

Belgrade promised it would have first results two weeks following the kill, but a year after, Ivanovic’s family, friends and the general public were still waiting for any news.

Ivanovic’s brother Miroslav said it was a political murder, adding his impression was that there was no commitment to solving the crime.

"I’m not looking either for the details about the assassination or reliable information. What I want is to see that someone is dedicated to the investigation,” Miroslav Ivanovic said.

The first anniversary of Oliver Ivanovic’s assassination will be commemorated in Belgarde where the organisers of the Saturdays’ anti-government protest #1 in 5 million call on people to gather on Wednesday to light candles in memory of Ivanovic.

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