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Published: Wed, January 17, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Moderate Kosovan Serb leader killed in drive-by shooting

Moderate Kosovan Serb leader killed in drive-by shooting

Kosovo's Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj, President Hashim Thaçi and parliamentary speaker Kadri Veseli are ex KLA commanders. But the verdict was later overturned and a retrial was ordered.

"It turns out Ivanovic was safer in jail than free", Ljajic said, and continued: "The only important thing now is to discover who was behind the murder. if anything matters at all any longer".

European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini spoke with Thaci and Vucic and "called on all sides to show calm and restraint and allow the rule of law and justice to take its course", her office said.

He vowed that officials were "committed to solve this case as soon as possible and bring the perpetrators to justice".

About 40,000-50,000 ethnic Serbs live in northern Kosovo, rejecting integration with the mainly Albanian state since it declared independence from Serbia in 2008.

'I can confirm that Oliver Ivanovic has died from gun shots.

In a subsequent statement on January 16, Borissov's office said that he had spoken by phone with his Serbian counterpart, Ana Brnabić, reiterating to her the messages in his initial comment.

He earned a reputation for battling while studying by earning his black belt in karate and eventually winning a Kosovar martial-arts championship.

A North Atlantic Treaty Organisation air campaign eventually forced Serbia to withdraw its troops, but European Union monitors remain in Kosovo. Even though over 100 United Nations member states have officially recognized Kosovo, Serbia, alongside Russia, China, Israel and several other countries, did not recognize the move. Ivanovic was sentenced to nine years in prison.

In February a year ago, a Pristina appeals court quashed the sentence and ordered a retrial for Ivanovic, who had been in detention since his arrest in January 2014 until the acquittal.

Mr Ivanovic was considered a moderate opposition Serb politician.

Ivanovic speaks Albanian - rare for a Kosovo Serb.

Heading a Kosovo Serb citizen initiative, Ivanovic's views concerning Serbia and Albania were seen as peace-aspiring. Those talks were postponed after news of the killing.

Serbia considers the murder to be a terrorist act and will treat it as such, Serbian president Aleksandar Vucic said during a news conference, a video file of which was posted on the website of news agency Tanjug.

Ivanovic was born in Peja, in 1953, and began his political career during the Kosovo War, in July 1999.

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