Four people indicted for 2004 killing of two UN policemen: Kosovo

A member of the Kosovo Force (KFOR) International Military Police fires at a target | United States European Command

An international prosecutor serving under the EU justice mission filed indictments on Friday against four people from Kosovo over suspicion they were involved in the 2004 killing of two UN police officers, reuters reported.

The policemen, who were on patrol in UN-marked vehicle, were killed in an ambush in a village north of Pristina, Kosovo’s capital in March 2004. A local translator was injured during the skirmishes.

According to the State Prosecutor's office, three of the defendants were arrested and remain in detention, the fourth is serving a jail term for murder and other offences. It further reported that one of the defendants was arrested in Germany this month.

Following Kosovo declaration of independence from Serbia, a UN mission, known as UNMIK, was replaced with a European Union mission which was deployed to help authorities in fighting crime, corruption and dealing with war crimes cases.

The American dead and wounded were among a group of 21 United States prison officers who had arrived in Kosovo on April 7 2004, a United Nations police spokesman said, and they had just completed an induction course at the jail, which is usually used as a pretrial detention center for ordinary crimes.

United Nations peacekeepers and police officers have been working in Kosovo since 1999, after NATO's 78-day bombing campaign to stop forces backed by the former Serbian president, Slobodan Milosevic, from driving ethnic Albanians from the province.

Kosovo declared independence in 2008, nine years after NATO bombing drove out Serbian forces accused of killing and expelling Kosovo Albanian civilians as Serbia tried to put down an ethnic Albanian insurgency. Serbia still refuses to recognize Kosovo's independence.