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Hoti: Dynamic work on gathering evidence on murder, Rakic requests police to issue press release on course of investigation (Danas)

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The only official information related to the investigation of the murder of Oliver Ivanovic, so far is that the Working Group established by Kosovo Government, with permission of a public prosecutor “dynamically works to gather evidence,” Danas daily reported.

Besim Hoti, Deputy Regional Police Commander for Mitrovica Region told Danas daily there are no new information related to the investigation, and when the time comes, the Working Group for the investigation and a prosecutor Shuqri Sula would address the public. Prosecutor Sula did not respond to Danas phone calls yesterday.

The daily further writes that Deputy Leader of the Civic Initiative Freedom, Democracy, Justice (GI SDP) Ksenija Bozovic and GI SDP Secretary, Silvana Arsovic gave statements to the police yesterday, spending two and a half hours in the police station, but were not told any information related to the investigation.

Mayor of Mitrovica North municipality, Goran Rakic requested yesterday from the police to issue a press release on the course of the investigation as he “does not want speculations aiming to score political points on Ivanovic’s murder.” According to Rakic, the police could not tell precisely when the responsible bodies would tell public how far the investigation has reached.

According to Danas, Rakic did not want to comment on the security situation in the city after the murder of GI SDP leader Oliver Ivanovic and councillor in Mitrovica North municipality, saying he has requested from police to also announce statistical records “that show security is better than previous years.”

Rakic also claims “he has no knowledge on the presence of criminal structures in the city” something that Belgrade media reported about over the last days, and Oliver Ivanovic was pointing out for several months till his murder, Danas daily reported.

Yesterday, Serbian Justice Minister, Nela Kuburovic said that the ministry neither received information nor any document related to the investigation, but that Pristina sent two requests to the Serbian Prosecution for Organized Crime requesting specific information. Kuburovic told media the prosecution would respond to Pristina as soon as it gathers requested information.

Following yesterday’s meeting with Hashim Thaci in Davos, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic told RTS that the Albanian side only accepted the exchange of information on investigation of Oliver Ivanovic’s murder.

Vucic also said, he does not understand such a stance, but “hopes they would find Ivanovic’s killers”.

However, Danas daily writes that if one is to judge based on the statements of Serb political representatives in Kosovo, Ivanovic’s family and associates from GI SDP no one believes that would happen.


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