Serbia Releases Three Seized Kosovo Policemen

The Higher Court in Kraljevo, Serbia, on Monday ordered the release of three Kosovo policemen who Serbia says it arrested on Serbian territory - and who Kosovo says were kidnapped inside Kosovo last week.

The court also said it confirmed the indictment against them for alleged illegal production, possession, carrying and trafficking of weapons and explosive materials.

The secretary of Kosovo's Liaison Office in Belgrade, Fatmir Haxholli, shared a photo with the three Kosovo police officers after their release, writing: "Finally".

"Every second lost until their return to the Republic of Kosovo, on their duties, constitutes an impulsive and non-rational behaviour with the aim of camouflaging a bizarre act through a medieval standard of justice," Haxholli wrote before the release. 

After their release, Kosovo PM Albin Kurti on Twitter said that "Serbian aggression must be held accountable," claiming that, "even though we are joyous that they get to return to their families, this abduction consists of a serious human rights violation & must be reprimanded".

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban had publicly asked his ally, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, to release the three policemen. On Monday, he said that Vucic had informed him about the decision.

"We highly appreciate the step of President Vucic, which he took in a period of serious challenges, and whose decision is clear proof of the strategic cooperation between our countries and our mutual commitment to the peace and stability of the Balkans," Orban wrote on Twitter. 

The release of the policemen, "immediately and unconditionally", was also requested by European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs Josep Borrell, as he said after meeting Vucic...

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