Kosovo Special Prosecutor denies media allegations on the extension of the investigation of Oliver Ivanovic’s murder

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Belgrade-based media reported today allegations originally posted by the portal arbeshi.info about the extension of the investigation into the murder of Oliver Ivanovic. The article alleged that on the basis of a report by a foreign intelligence service, details of which were reported by the same portal, the investigation into the murder of Oliver Ivanovic was extended, citing confirmation of the Special Prosecutor Syle Hoxha.

The same portal published, on December 30th, alleged details of the murder of Oliver Ivanovic and the names of the perpetrators, along with photographs of persons alleged to be part of a criminal clan connected to the murder of Ivanovic, one of whom is alleged to be the direct perpetrator.

However, shortly after the Belgrade media reported the news today, the Special Kosovo Prosecutor denied the Insajder allegations that he received information from the (intelligence) service, but also that the investigation was extended.

Kosovo Prosecutor Syle Hoxha confirmed that the prosecution received certain information, but not from any service, as the media reported, but from the portal arbresh.info itself.

„It’s true that we received the information, I’m checking it along with the researchers. The prosecution has not yet made a decision to extend the investigation because we do not have enough evidence for now,“ Hoxha told the Belgrade-based Insajder.

The arbreshi.info online news outlet published information and photographs of the alleged members of the criminal group reportedly connected to Ivanovic’s assassination on two occasions. The first article was published on December 30th, but without the statement of the Special Prosecutor Syle Hoxha. The news was today picked up by RTK along with Hodza’s reported confirmation that the previously obtained report and images will be included as part of the Ivanovic murder investigation.

The report, originally published by Arbeshi.info, underlined that the group that (allegedly) murdered Ivanovic consisted of „five persons linked with the Vozdovac clan and hired by the Serbian secret services.“

The foreign intelligence agency noted in its report that Srpska Lista Vice-President, Milan Radoicic, who is wanted by the Kosovo police, ordered that “some traces and facts were erased”, RTK further reported.

The report of the international intelligence service stated that the members of this group visited North Mitrovica often and that they were even pulled over for speeding in Zvecan, however, “the police unit that stopped them was asked to erase all case information”; also that they were, for a month, sheltered in the Octan motel on the Leposavic-Lesak-Jarinje road, aided by a local businessman.

Surveillance was done carefully and very discreetly, and after “the operation” was completed on January 16th, 2018, the group split into two parts – the report published by arbeshi.info reads.

The Kosovo Police arrested Dragisa Markovic, a Kosovo police officer who was involved in the investigation of the murder of Oliver Ivanovic, Marko Rosic, and Nedeljko Spasojevic in connection to the murder of Oliver Ivanovic on November 23rd. Markovic and Spasojevic are also both Kosovo police officers.

The Appellate Court rejected the appeal of the attorney and Nedeljko Spasojevic, Dragan Markovic, and Marko Rozic were ordered to two further months in custody.

The detention decision of the Basic Court in Pristina of December 21st, 2018 is still in force and will last until February 23rd, 2019.

Read also:

Three arrests in the North in relation to Ivanovic murder, one suspect at large

Serbs arrested in connection with Ivanovic’s murder: Police officers allowed suspects to escape in a police vehicle

Lawyers of the three arrested Serbs claim unlawful detention

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