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Kosovo: UN Police, Judiciary Targeted After War Crimes Verdict


Prishtina, 21 July 2003 (RFE/RL) -- United Nations officials in Kosovo say the UN-run police and judiciary are apparently being targeted with violence following the convictions of former ethnic Albanian rebels on war crimes charges. Yesterday, an antitank rocket was fired at the district courthouse in the Kosovo capital Prishtina. A second explosion hit a police station occupied by UN and local police. No injuries were reported in the attacks.

The head of the UN police, Stefen Feller, said the violence was an attempt to "disrupt unbiased court proceedings."

Last week, a Kosovo court found four former ethnic Albanian rebels guilty of committing war crimes against civilians during the 1998-99 conflict with Serbian forces.

The court sentenced former Kosovo Liberation Army commander Rustem Mustafa to 17 years in prison. The three others received between 13 and five years.

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