It’s been six years since a prominent Kosovo Serb politician, Oliver Ivanović, was shot dead outside his party offices in the Serb-run North Kosovska Mitrovica in 2018. Ivanović, seen as a moderate Kosovo Serb leader, was shot four times in the chest and died later in hospital.
The perpetrators and persons who commissioned the murder are still unknown, while investigations into this murder were conducted both in Belgrade and Priština.
Six persons were indicted for aiding in the murder of Ivanović – Marko Rošić, Nedeljko Spasojević, Rade Basara, Žarko Jovanović, Dragiša Marković and Silvana Arsović.
The indictment for this case was amended three times within three years, but apart from the defendants pleading not guilty twice, the trial did not progress further.
The first indictment was filed at the beginning of December 2019, and at the end of December of that year, the prosecutor submitted a second, amended indictment. Then, in November 2020, a third indictment was filed.
Ivanović was a well-known pragmatist. Although always an unashamed champion of his local Serbian community, he also spoke fluent Albanian and had become an increasingly resonant voice of moderation.
He believed that the best solution for the two ethnic groups lay in reconciliation within an independent Kosovo.
But this stance was always controversial and put him at odds with the likes of the current Serb President, Aleksandar Vučić.
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