Kosovo police „took additional action“ in the investigation of the burned car of „Vreme“ journalists

NUNS

In response to complaints expressed in an open letter sent to the Kosovo Police by the collegium of Vreme weekly regarding the investigation into their car catching fire near Jarinje, the Kosovo Police took additional actions and contacted the prosecution in order to look into the case initially labeled as self-ignition, NUNS announced.

In early January, a three-member team of Vreme”magazine journalists and a journalist of Le Courier des Balkans spent two days in North Mitrovica, where they conducted an interview with the KoSSev editor, Tatjana Lazarevic.

On their return, their car caught on fire and completely burned near the Jarinje crossing. No one was injured. After the journalists gave statements, the Leposavic police estimated that the car self-ignited.

Dissatisfied with the involvement of investigative units in Leposavic, the collegium of Vreme weekly sent an open letter to the director of the Kosovo Police, Rashit Qalaj and demanded an „examination of surveillance cameras from the parking lot of the hotel ‘North city’ and from the Kralj Petar Street around the koSSev.info editorial office in Kosovska Mitrovica, forensic testing of the car to determine the causes of fire and other adequate actions in the police sector,“ in order to eliminate any suspicion that the fire was planted.

Following this open letter, the Regional Platform for the Western Balkans representing the freedom of the media and the safety of journalists also wrote to the Kosovo Police. In response to their request for further information, the Kosovo Police said that it undertook additional actions and contacted the prosecution in order to reconsider the case.

The Independent Journalists’ Association of Serbia underlined that it expects the Kosovo Police will act professionally, quickly, and efficiently to investigate the case of the burned car.

Read more:

“Vreme” collegium requests Kosovo Police conduct proper investigation of the burning of the car four media workers were travelling in

The car of „Vreme“ weekly magazine caught fire near Jarinje crossing

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