police arrests four former ethnic Albanian rebels in Kosovo
Tue Jun 18, 1:26 PM ET
Yugoslavia - U.N. police arrested four former ethnic Albanian
rebels on Tuesday for crimes committed after the province's
war, officials said.
In a simultaneous action in at least two towns in Kosovo, U.N.
police arrested four men suspected of crimes against their fellow
ethnic Albanians in June 1999, said Andrea Angeli, a spokesman
for the U.N. mission in Kosovo.
are suspected of crimes that involved unlawful detention and
serious assault," Angeli said. The victims were all ethnic
Albanians and most of them remain missing, he added.
declined to reveal the exact nature of the alleged crimes or
precisely where the incidents occurred. The U.N. mission also
declined to reveal the names of the suspects.
the Kosovo Protection Corps, a civil emergency organization,
identified the men as being senior members of the group in a
statement that sharply criticized the U.N. police and their
actions. The corps accused them of ill-treating the men.
Protection Corps is comprised of former members of the now disbanded
Kosovo Liberation Army, the ethnic Albanian rebel group that
fought Serb forces in Kosovo's 1998-1999 war.
which is commanded by former rebel leaders, was set up after
NATO ( news - web sites)-led airstrikes in 1999 ended former
Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic ( news - web sites)'s
crackdown on ethnic Albanians in Kosovo.