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2 acquitted in killings

September 23, 2009|Times Wire Reports

The Serbian war crimes court acquitted two Serb ex-policemen of charges of collaborating in the execution-style slaying of three Albanian American brothers in 1999.

The former policemen were accused of torture and other crimes while handing over the three brothers -- Illy, Mehmet and Agron Bytyqi -- to members of a special Serbian police unit who shot and killed them in a training camp in Serbia.

Serbia's war crimes prosecutor's office said it would appeal the acquittal of Sreten Popovic and Milos Stojanovic.

The Bytyqis had joined the Atlantic Brigade of about 400 Albanian Americans fighting for the independence of Kosovo.

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