Germans arrested in Kosovo face terrorism charges

Other News Materials 23 November 2008 12:15 (UTC +04:00)

A judge in Kosovo ordered late Saturday a 30-day detention for three suspected German intelligence agents arrested on Wednesday in connection with a bomb attack on European Union offices in Pristina, dpa reported.

Lawyers of the men said prosecutors were trying to link their clients to "acts of terrorism," punishable with up to 20 years in prison.

Kosovo and German media reports have claimed the suspects were working for the German intelligence service, the BND. Berlin officials have not commented on the allegations.

Police arrested the three Germans on Wednesday, five days after an explosive device was hurled at the office of the EU's Special Representative for the region. Nobody was injured in the blast.

An EU mission is due to take assume oversight of law-enforcement in Kosovo after more than eight years as a United Nations protectorate.

Kosovo declared independence from Serbia in February and Pristina, Belgrade, the UN and EU are currently wrangling over the conditions for the deployment of the EU mission, Eulex, comprising 2,000 police, judicial and customs officials.