The Serbs arrested in an early morning Kosovo police operation on Tuesday have been released after giving statements, the Serbian and Kosovo TV stations reported.
Prosecutor Yetish Maloku told the Serbian state TV (RTS) that the five people arrested in the Gnjilane area had been released after being questioned.
The Kosovo state TV (RTK) reported that the head of the (Serbian administrative) Kosovo-Pomoravlje District Radovan Stojkovic had been released quickly but that the four others were questioned for several hours.
RTK quoted brothers Aleksandar and Predrag Djordjevic who said they had been arrested on suspicion of undermining the constitutional order of Kosovo and threatening members of the Kosovo Security Forces. “We denied the charges and they found nothing that would incriminate us so we were released,” Aleksandar said.
The Kosovo police launched an operation early on Tuesday morning, raiding a culture centre outside the town of Gnjilane and arresting five men. The arrests drew fierce reactions from Serbian government officials.