Milan Radojičić detained in Serbia, over a week after Banjska attack



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The Serbian Ministry of Interior has reported that it conducted an inspection of Milan Radojičić’s residence and other premises, imposing a 48-hour detention measure on him.

According to the announcement, Radojičić has been sent to the High Public Prosecutor’s Office in Belgrade on criminal charges.

However, no further details were disclosed regarding this matter.

On September 29, Radojičić took responsibility for orchestrating the attack in Banjska.

In Banjska, a village in the Zvecan municipality located in the northern part of Kosovo, armed groups of Serbs attacked Kosovo police officers on September 24, resulting in the death of officer Afrim Bunjaku.

Subsequently, during the exchange of gunfire, three attackers were also killed.

It’s worth noting that Radojičić was previously the vice president of the Serb List, the largest political party representing Serbs in Kosovo. However, he resigned from this position on the same day he admitted responsibility for the attack.

Kosovo’s Interior Minister Xhelal Sveçla stated in an interview with Radio Free Europe on September 29 that Kosovo’s authorities, with the assistance of international partners, are planning to request Radojičić’s extradition from Serbia to Kosovo. This request aims to bring to justice all individuals involved in planning and executing the terrorist act in Banjska.

The Special Prosecutor’s Office of the Republic of Kosovo confirmed to RFE that they have initiated an investigation into the Banjska attack and are presently in the process of collecting information and evidence related to the case.

Regarding this matter, the European Union spokesperson, Peter Stano, emphasized that Kosovo authorities have the mandate to investigate the Banjska attack, and Serbia is obliged to cooperate without conditions.

Stano also mentioned that the EU is awaiting the comprehensive results of the investigations to gain a clear understanding of the events.

Based on these findings, EU member states may take further actions, which could include potential measures against Serbia.

As of now, neither the Serbian Prosecutor’s Office nor the Ministry of Interior of Serbia has responded to RFE’s inquiry regarding whether they intend to cooperate with Kosovo in the investigation.

Mediation between the institutions of Kosovo and Serbia in relation to this case falls under the jurisdiction of the European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo (EULEX).

EULEX’s mission includes supporting the Kosovo Police in the realm of international police cooperation, facilitating information exchange between the Kosovo Police and international law enforcement agencies, including Interpol, Europol, and the Serbian Ministry of Interior.