The Kosovo police arrested one of their own early on Wednesday morning on suspicion of involvement in the murder of Kosovo Serb political leader Oliver Ivanovic almost two years ago.
Kosovo media reported that another police officer was wanted under the same warrant issued by the Basic Court in Pristina. The Kosovo state TV (RTK) said that the arrested officer was a Serb. Another person was arrested for illegal possession of weapons, a police press release said.
Serbian government official Marko Djuric confirmed on Wednesday that the Kosovo police are searching for Zeljko Bojic, Kosovo Police Operations Commander. The head of government Office for Kosovo told TV Pink that “the ROSU unit broke into his apartment, searched it, took away his son Vasilije and arrested police officer Rade Basara who was working on important cases”. Djuric said that the operation is part of attempts to link Kosovo Serbs to crimes and intimidate them.
The KoSSev news portal quoted police spokesman Baki Kelani who said in a written statement that a police operation was underway as part of the Ivanovic murder investigation. “The police operation was conducted under a search warrant issued by the Special Section of the Basic Court, resulting in the arrest of suspect, police officer RB, while another police officer also named in the warrant is at large. Another suspect found in possession of weapons was arrested during the police operation which turned up two firearms and ammunition,” Kelani said in the statement.
Police sources told the portal that the police conducted a search at two locations in Mitrovica north and that the operation was under the command of Police General Directorate in Pristina, not the local or regional police command.
Serbian Police Director Vladimir Rebic said that he had information beforehand that a police operation would be conducted in the north of Kosovo. He told the RTS that 24 armored vehicles entered Mitrovica north, claiming that the deployment is against regulations and is another case of the Serbs being intimidated. He said the operation shows Pristina’s frustration over the fact that it had to withdraw its application for membership in Interpol. Rebic said that Serbia is prepared to intervene if “an exodus of the Serb people happens” adding that he is convinced that won’t happen.
The Serbian pro-government TV Pink and state TV (RTS) said early on Wednesday morning that the Kosovo police special unit ROSU “burst into” the north of Kosovo in 25 armored cars.