Lebet on murder of Ivanovic 6 months later: An appalling but clear message that people who act and speak independently can be silenced and that perpetrators can count on impunity

„Exactly six months have passed since the assassination of (Oliver) Ivanovic and we don’t know where the investigation is going. This is especially hard for his family, who wants justice to be satisfied, but it is also very hard for all people living in Kosovo who think independently. This sends an appalling but clear message that people who act and speak independently can be silenced and that perpetrators can count on impunity. Police and justice hopelessness in Kosovo is reinforced by the silence of Belgrade who launched an investigation on this case without any result as of today,“ reads the statement of Ambassador of Switzerland, Jean-Hubert Lebet on the occasion of the six month commemoration of „the assassination“ of Oliver Ivanovic.

The Swiss ambassador paid tribute at a six month memorial service for the murdered Oliver Ivanovic in North Mitrovica after which he appealed on „the competent institutions to make additional efforts and shed light on this murder and punish the perpetrators, as acts like this must not pass unpunished“.

„Many people, including me remember Oliver Ivanovic as an independent and strong person who voiced his opinions regardless of the potential harm that would cause to him. In a democratic society, everyone should be free to voice his/her opinion and not be afraid to be assassinated for doing that,“ outlined the Ambassador.

FOTO: Budimir Ničić

The Swiss Ambassador to Kosovo also made a statement four months after the killing, saying that all who dared to speak would be silenced while the perpetrators would remain unpunished.

OSCE voiced a comment today as well.

Six months after Oliver Ivanović’s assassination, the culprits remain at large and little is publicly known regarding any possible progress in the investigation, they noted.

The case is a major test for the rule of law in Kosovo and it remains so today, emphasised OSCE.

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