News from Central and Eastern Europe, Wednesday 16th January 2013


Ekathimerini: Three MPs ask for removal of Golden Dawn deputy from Council of Europe. ‘Three MP — two from socialist PASOK and one from Democratic Left — filed a petition in Parliament on Tuesday demanding steps for the removal of Eleni Zaroulia, a deputy with far-right Golden Dawn, from the Greek delegation of the Council of Europe.’

Hungary Together 2014, Jobbik demand action in relation to suspected election fraud. ‘ The Together 2014 electoral movement and the radical nationalist Jobbik party said separately on Tuesday that they would ask police to press charges in connection with suspected fraud in the 2010 municipal elections in Kiskunfélegyháza, southern Hungary. On a video recording, Tibor Ajtai, a member of the Bács-Kiskun county board with the ruling Fidesz party and the head of the Roma self-government, discusses a maneuver to favor Fidesz’s local mayoral candidate Krisztián Kapus.’


SETimes: Groups call for more action on war crime cases in Kosovo. ‘The acquittal of three high-ranking members of the Kosovo Liberation Army by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia has prompted Amnesty International to reiterate its call for justice for all of the victims of the 1998-1999 Kosovo conflict and their relatives. Supported by local human rights organisations, the groups are urging more action from courts and EULEX to investigate and prosecute war crimes committed in Kosovo.’


RFE/RL: Gunman Kills Supreme Court Judge In Daghestan. ‘A gunman has killed a senior judge in Daghestan in Russia’s restive North Caucasus region. A spokesman for the local Interior Ministry said Magomed Magomedov, a judge on Daghestan’s Supreme Court, was killed in a shooting attack in the center of the capital Makhachkala on January 15. The attacker opened fire on Magomedov at close range and then fled the scene. Daghestan has seen an increase in violence, with several high-profile attacks on government officials and moderate Muslim religious leaders last year.’


On Islam: Serb Policeman Jailed for Muslim Genocide. ‘Bosnia’s war crimes court has sentenced a former Serb police officer for 20 years for his role in murdering Muslims during the 1995 Srebrenica massacre, the worst atrocity in Europe since World War Two. Bozidar Kuvelja “participated in the expulsion of the Srebrenica population, detention of men and execution of detainees,” presiding Judge Jasmina Kosovic said, Agence France Presse (AFP) reported on Friday, January 11.’

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