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Macedonian Court Rejects Extradition Of Kosovar War Crimes Suspect To Serbia

SKOPJE -- A court in North Macedonia has rejected a Serbian extradition request for a former member of the Kosovo Liberation Army accused of war crimes.

The Basic Criminal Court in Skopje said on August 7 that after reviewing the documentation, it ruled that conditions for Tomor Morina's extradition had not been met.

Morina will remain in detention pending a decision by the Supreme Court on the case, the court said.

The ethnic Albanian was detained on July 24 at the Blace border crossing between North Macedonia and Kosovo under a Serbian Interpol arrest warrant.

He is suspected of involvement in atrocities against civilians during Serbia's 1999 crackdown against ethnic Albanian rebels in Kosovo -- then a Serbian province.

Morina denies the charges and is fighting extradition.

Kosovo's ambassador to North Macedonia has warned that if the man is extradited to Serbia, it would have a negative impact on relation between Pristina and Skopje.