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Serbia arrests nine policemen over Kosovo mass grave

[JURIST] Serbia [JURIST news archive] has arrested nine policemen in the 1999 murder of 48 Kosovo Albanians, a Serbian court official announced Wednesday. The arrests are the first to be linked to a mass grave discovered in 2001 outside of Belgrade, where the 48 bodies were buried along with the remains of over 800 victims of the 1998-99 Kosovo war. According to a spokesman for Serbia's war crimes prosecutor, six of the nine policemen were on active duty when arrested. Earlier this week, the UN Security Council announced that it will organize discussions on whether Kosovo should remain a province of Serbia [JURIST report] or become independent. It is thought that the latest arrests were timed to demonstrate that Serbia is dealing with war crimes ahead of the Kosovo talks. Reuters has more.

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