Kosovo ex-PM dogged by war crimes allegations

It’s doesn’t have the conspiratorial, gunslinging pizzaz of Clive Owen’s performance in The International, but a standing Interpol warrant has led to the arrest of former prime minister of Kosovo Agim Ceku by Bulgarian authorities. Ceku, who was arrested last night at the Macedonian border, is wanted for alleged crimes committed against Serbs during the ...

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Kosovar Prime Minister Agim Ceku (L) talks to journalists prior to the last round of Kosovo talks 26 November 2007 in Baden, some 50 kms south of the Austrian capital Vienna. Top Serbian and Kosovo officials began last-ditch talks on the future status of the breakaway Serbian province today, with hopes dim for reaching an accord ahead of a December 10 deadline for negotiations. AFP PHOTO / DIETER NAGL (Photo credit should read DIETER NAGL/AFP/Getty Images)

It's doesn't have the conspiratorial, gunslinging pizzaz of Clive Owen's performance in The International, but a standing Interpol warrant has led to the arrest of former prime minister of Kosovo Agim Ceku by Bulgarian authorities.

Ceku, who was arrested last night at the Macedonian border, is wanted for alleged crimes committed against Serbs during the 1998-1999 Kosovo War. Though Ceku vehemently denies the accusation, the man's record has been far from stellar. He's been arrested twice before at various European airports and was also kicked out of Colombia earlier this year when he popped up on Interpol's radar.

But this development actually raises more questions about Interpol's supposed neutrality — and its agenda — than about Ceku himself.

It’s doesn’t have the conspiratorial, gunslinging pizzaz of Clive Owen’s performance in The International, but a standing Interpol warrant has led to the arrest of former prime minister of Kosovo Agim Ceku by Bulgarian authorities.

Ceku, who was arrested last night at the Macedonian border, is wanted for alleged crimes committed against Serbs during the 1998-1999 Kosovo War. Though Ceku vehemently denies the accusation, the man’s record has been far from stellar. He’s been arrested twice before at various European airports and was also kicked out of Colombia earlier this year when he popped up on Interpol’s radar.

But this development actually raises more questions about Interpol’s supposed neutrality — and its agenda — than about Ceku himself.

AFP/Getty Images 

Brian Fung is an editorial researcher at FP.

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