Kosovo prosecutors' office released a photo of two men it said were suspects in the assassination of local Serb opposition politician Oliver Ivanovic, and asked public help in identifying them, the KoSSev website reported on Thursday.
Almost two years after the murder in the northern part of the divided Mitrovica town mostly populated by local Serbs, Kosovo Police Directorate for investigating serious crimes and the Special Prosecutors' office called on people to help to identify the two who, they said, lived in the same street as Ivanovic.
Addressing reporters after Nationa Security Council meeting late on Thursday, Serbia's President Aleksandar Vucic said the two men from the photo were students from Serbia's Prokuplje town, who studied at Mitrovica University.
He added Serbia's police knew about them, questioned them, who, Vucic said their parents brought after seeing the picture, and established they had nothing to do with the assassination.
"Just for you to know, they were filmed in the morning when they had colloquium," Vucic said.
In the meantime, Kosovo police said that, following the 22-month-long investigation, they widened the probe to "the two young suspects," and Sul Hoxha, the chief prosecutor, said in October they were involved in organised crime.
It remained unclear when the police got hold of the photo – immediately after the assassination, as officially reported, or the image was new evidence in the investigation.
Ivanovic was gunned down in January 2018, outside his political organisation office.
Some two months before the assassination, pro-government Pink TV slammed Ivanovic as a traitor during the campaign for local elections in Kosovo.