Thee government has given the EULEX mission in Kosovo guarantees for Oliver Ivanovic, the Office for Kosovo and Metohija announced on Monday.

The guarantees state that the Serb politician from northern Kosovo “will be available to judicial authorities in case of repeated proceedings against him.”

Director of the Office for Kosovo and Metohija Marko Djuric, on behalf of the government of the Republic of Serbia, on Monday sent a letter to Head of the EULEX mission Alexandra Papadopulo urging that Ivanovic “be allowed to defend himself from liberty,” the Serbian government announced on its website.

“Without prejudice to the principle of independence of the judiciary, please take immediate measures within your jurisdiction in order to free Oliver Ivanovic from detention on remand,” said Djuric.

The Court of Appeals in Pristina last week annulled the original ruling which sentenced Ivanovic to nine years in prison on charges of war crimes, and ordered a retrial in the case.