Serbia jails Kosovo Albanian on war crimes

A Serbian court on Monday sentenced an ethnic-Albanian to 13 years in prison for war crimes against non-Albanians seven years ago.

The Belgrade District’s special court for war crimes issued the sentence on Anton Lekai, 26, for taking part in the killing of four non-Albanians, mostly gypsies, in Serbia’s predominantly ethnic-Albanian Kosovo province in June, 1999, the Serbian RTS radio-television reported. Lekai had pleaded innocent to the charges.

Lekai testified he believed the non-Albanians he abducted from a gypsy wedding and held for five days at Djakovica, in southwestern Kosovo, were supporters of Serbia’s security forces, Belgrade’s B92 radio said.
Authorities claim the captives were physically and sexually abused. Four of those abducted died.
The court said Lekai was a member of the Kosovo Liberation Army of ethnic-Albanian separatists who fought Serbia’s security forces.

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