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Police Say Kosovo Opposition Supporter Found Dead In Jail

  • RFE/RL's Balkan Service

Police in Kosovo say a jailed supporter of an opposition party has died in detention under what they described as unclear circumstances.

A police statement on November 6 said an autopsy would be conducted to clarify what killed Astrit Dehari, an activist from Kosovo’s opposition Self-Determination Movement.

The movement blames Kosovo’s government for Dehari's death and is expressing doubts about media reports suggesting he arrived dead at a hospital after allegedly swallowing a fatal dose of prescription medicine.

Dehari and five other supporters of the opposition party were arrested in late August for alleged involvement in a rocket-propelled grenade attack that damaged the exterior of the parliament building in Pristina but caused no casualties.

The attack on August 4 took place amid political tensions over Pristina’s agreement with neighboring Montenegro about their common border.

Opposition parties oppose the deal, saying it cedes territory to Montenegro.

With reporting by AP
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