UN: Officials in Kosovo 'alarmed' by violence in UN staff arrests

The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Kosovo, Zahir Tanin, said during a meeting of the UN Security Council in New York City on Monday he was 'alarmed' by the violent arrest of two UN staff members that took place in Kosovo in May. «Both staff members were apparently subjected to excessive force and mistreatment upon their arrest by police, causing injuries and requiring... Еще hospitalization. This is a matter which will form an essential component of the enquiry we have initiated,» said Tanin. «It is our understanding from the facts as we know them so far, that both Mr. Krasnoshchekov and Mr. Dimovic were on official assignment to monitor the police operations in northern Kosovo at the time of their arrest,» added Miguel De Serpa Soares, Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs and United Nations Legal Counsel. Commenting on the allegations, Vlora Citaku, Representative of Kosovo, said that «Mr. Krasnoshenkov became an obstacle to the law enforcement in Kosovo out of his own volition. Or to put it frankly, he willingly became a shield to criminal gangs attempting to inhibit an ongoing police operation.» On May 28, two United Nation Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) staff members, including one Russian citizen, were arrested and released later in the day. The detained Russian UN worker was also hospitalised the same day, as he was reportedly 'beaten' by the police. mandatory credit: un tv

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