BELGRADE – Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic stated on Friday that the extension of detention for leader of the Serb party Citizens’ Initiative Freedom, Democracy Justice in Kosovo-Metohija (KiM) Oliver Ivanovic constitutes a violation of his fundamental human rights and further humiliation and pressure on Serbs in KiM.
Addressing a news conference, Vucic said that the detention sentence in Ivanovic’s case has been extended on several occasions for completely unexplainable and unknown reasons, although no witness testified against him in the trial nor is there any chance of him exerting influence on witnesses or escaping in case of release, and there are also guarantees issued by the Serbian government that he would be available to EULEX prosecutors at all times.
Nobody understands why they would do that, except to exert further pressure and humiliate Serbs in KiM, Vucic said.
He noted that the Serbian government was cautious until now and it kept quiet more than it made statements because it believed that it should wait as sign of recognition of the European judiciary.
Vucic said that the government does not have any problems with the continuation of the process, but that it is against violation of fundamental human rights and jeopardising of Serb position in KiM.
The detention sentence for Ivanovic was extended until October 6 on Thursday and he launched a hunger strike in the Kosovska Mitrovica prison on Friday, demanding release pending trial.