Deputy Director of Police

Sweden: Jankovic has been sent to custody for "disrupting the constitutional order of Serbia"

Dejan Jankovic at the ceremony of the 23rd anniversary of the establishment of the Kosovo Police. After Prime Minister Albin Kurti and President Vjosa Osmani

Dejan Jankovic at the ceremony of the 23rd anniversary of the establishment of the Kosovo Police. After Prime Minister Albin Kurti and President Vjosa Osmani

Photo: Driton Pacharada

The Minister of Internal Affairs, Xhelal Sveçla, has stated that the Deputy Director of the Kosovo Police, Dejan Jankovic, has been sent to Serbia for 48 hours in custody, for the offense of "disruption of the constitutional order".

He announced this in a press conference together with Prime Minister Albin Kurti.

"According to the information I received from the Kosovo Police, 10 members of the police were detained, 5 were released last night and 4 today. Deputy director Dejan Jankovic continues to be arrested. He was sent to Raska yesterday, this is a repeatable method by the Serbian authorities...According to the information I have, he was sent to detention for 48 hours, on the charge of 'disrupting the constitutional order'. Accusation which President Aleksandar Vucic himself mentioned in his address during the visit to the 'Cobra' unit", Sveçla said. "The fact that deputy the general director of the Kosovo Police has been arrested and transferred to Raskë should be an alarm for everyone. It is not only serious abuse on the part of Serbia, but Vucic, by arresting and holding Jankovic, aims to send a clear message of intimidation to Kosovo Serbs who have integrated or wanted to integrate into the Kosovo Police".

Sveçla said that based on information there are other citizens arrested. He has called for the immediate release of all.

He also called on the international community to punish this action of Serbia. Sveçla said that according to the information, a total of 1498 citizens were detained, who were mistreated and interrogated regarding their past, their connections with the Kosovo Liberation Army, whether they had family members in the KLA. He said that the citizens were left without food, medicine and medicines for hours.

"The events yesterday are not simply a matter of freedom of movement and violation of agreements, because they happen continuously. They are a violation of human rights, and pose a great threat to the security and stability of the region. The ban based on national ethnic origin constitutes a great threat to security and stability in the region", said Sveçla.