“A Kosovo court acquitted former Serb policeman Zoran Vukotic of war crimes, clearing him of beating then killing four ethnic Albanian civilians and assaulting and robbing others in 1999.

The Basic Court in Mitrovica in northern Kosovo on Wednesday acquitted former police reservist officer Zoran Vukotic of committing war crimes against the ethnic Albanian civilian population, including four murders.

The court found him not guilty of beating and then killing four men – Hamdi Fazliu, Enver Rrustolli, Avdulla Fazliu and Fahredin Fazliu – at the Fazliu family’s house in Vushtrri/Vucitrn on May 5, 1999.

Vukotic was also cleared of involvement in the unlawful detention of 17 civilians in a former agricultural building in Vushtrri/Vucitrn.

The prosecution had alleged that the detainees were intentionally subjected to inhumane treatment and tortured, and suffered severe physical and psychological injuries.” (BIRN)