A Kosovo Serb MP told reporters in Pristina on Thursday that the Serbian police and Security Information Agency (BIA) were harassing members of his party.
Slobodan Petrovic MP, leader of the Independent Liberal Party (SLS) told a new conference that he and his deputy Boban Stankovic had been held on separate occasions by the Serbian police at the Merdare border crossing between Kosovo and Serbia proper, adding that this was an abuse of Serbian institutions for party and political goals.
“What happened last night at Merdare (to Stankovic) forced us to call a party meeting. The SLS is being harassed by the Serbian Internal Affairs Ministry (MUP) and BIA. They first stopped me and yesterday they stopped deputy party leader and deputy (Kosovo) minister Stankovic. We believe this is harassment, even if it is not physical. It’s inappropriate to hold someone for four or five hours on the border to question them about things which are widely known and have been reported in the media,” he said.
He called Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic and Prime Minister Ana Branbic to explain why he and Stankovic were held at the border. “It’s impossible that they don’t know the reason why we were stopped at the border,” Petrovic said.
Kosovo Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj wrote on his Facebook profile a day earlier that Stankovic had been stopped at the Merdare crossing and was questioned by BIA officers.