Thursday 19 July 2018

Kosovo court finds opposition MPs guilty of using tear gas

Tear gas canisters were used by opposition MPs in the Kosovo parliament
Tear gas canisters were used by opposition MPs in the Kosovo parliament

A Kosovo court has found four opposition MPs guilty of repeatedly disrupting parliament by using tear gas.

The four members of the left-wing Self-Determination Party were sentenced on Wednesday to up to 18 months in prison.

They will not be jailed, however, if they do not commit the same crime during a two-year probation period.

The opposition MPs on several occasions since 2015 have used tear gas, blown whistles and thrown water bottles in parliament in protest at a proposed border demarcation agreement with Montenegro.

They say Kosovo is ceding territory under the agreement, a claim denied by the previous government and international experts.

The agreement, which is yet to be approved by parliament, is a pre-condition for a visa-free regime for Kosovo citizens in the European Union's Schengen countries.

AP

Press Association

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