Colombia deports ex-Kosovo PM sought for war crimes

Published on May 8, 2009,

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COLOMBIA has expelled former Kosovo prime minister Agim Ceku, sought by Serbia for alleged war crimes, intelligence sources said.

The Administrative Department of Security - Colombia's intelligence service known as DAS - declined to detain Ceku because the crimes he is accused of took place prior to January 2005, when Colombia's current penal law took effect, the DAS said in a statement.

So Ceku was expelled on an Interpol request, the DAS statement added, without giving his destination.

Ceku, 48, arrived in Colombia last Sunday to attend an international meeting on disarmament and demobilisation which concluded Wednesday in the Caribbean port city of Cartagena.

Serbia accuses Ceku of crimes against humanity during the 1998-1999 war in Kosovo when he was military chief of the Kosovo Liberation Army, made up of ethnic Albanian Kosovo guerrillas.

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