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Kosovo Brings Charges Against Four Imams, Islamic Party Leader

Prosecutors in Kosovo have brought charges against five ethnic Albanians, including four imams and the leader of an Islamic political party.

The Prosecutor-General's Office said on September 15 that two of the imams were accused of committing terrorist acts and the two others of inciting national, racial, religious, or ethnic hatred.

It did not detail the alleged activities that led to the charges, but said the most serious charges would be punishable by up to eight years in prison.

Charges were also filed against LISBA party leader Fuad Ramiqi, accusing him of inciting viewers to resist state authority during a 2014 television broadcast.

Ramiqi called the accusations against him “unfounded and politically motivated.”

All five were arrested more than a year ago but were released later.

Based on reporting by Reuters and AP