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Balkan Legal News

The following media round up on international, legal and foreign policy issues from around the Balkans for the period from 13 January to 19 January 2023.

Guernica 37 will provide weekly media updates with a focus on Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia . Should you wish to contribute or submit a media summary, opinion piece or blog, please send to Ned Vucijak at for consideration.

Kosovo – 19 january 2023

Kosovo’s special prosecutor said that former Serbian police special forces commander Goran ‘Guri’ Radosavljevic is wanted for alleged involvement in the 1999 Recak/Racak massacre, in which 44 ethnic Albanians were killed. The full article can be found here.

Serbia – 18 January 2023

Igor Despotovic, a Serbian citizen, pleaded not guilty to publicly inciting terrorism by posting on the Telegram and Instagram accounts he moderated. The full article can be found here.

Moldova – 18 January 2023

The Central Electoral Commission in Moldova, CEC, has sanctioned the Ilan Shor Party, depriving it of the right to receive allocations from the state budget for the first six months of this year. The full article can be found here.

Montenegro – 17 January 2023

The Montenegro's Appeals Court quashed the case against prominent investigative journalist Jovo Martinovic, who had been wrongly convicted of drug trafficking in a case that was criticised by media organisations and the EU. The full article can be found here.

Kosovo – 16 January 2023

Pristina is seeking the arrest of 18 Serb suspects for the 1999 Recak/Racak massacre which helped to spark NATO’s bombing campaign against Yugoslavia, but some states may refuse to extradite them to Kosovo. The full article can be found here.

Croatia – 16 January

Montenegrin Justice Minister Marko Kovac called on the Croatian prosecution to launch a new investigation into war crimes against Montenegrin soldiers held at the Lora military prison in the Croatian city of Split in 1992. The full article can be found here.

Albania - 13 January 2023

A gay couple in Albania girds for a long legal fight for the right to register both women as parents of their young twins. The full article can be found here.

Bulgaria – 13 January 2023

Bulgarian crypto lending bank Nexo on Friday said it will sue the Bulgarian state for as much as it can get after police raided their offices. The full article can be found here.


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