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Kosovo Serb man accused of war crimes

Kosovo prosecutors have accused a Serb citizen of war crimes during the 1998-99 war.

Prosecutors from Kosovo and the European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo, or EULEX, on Tuesday accused a Serb identified as Z.V., of war crimes against the ethnic Albanian civilian population.

A statement said that on May 5, 1999, the defendant killed four people and tortured, beat and stole money and jewelry from at least 25 Kosovo Albanians. If convicted, he could face life imprisonment.

About 10,000 people died and about 1,700 remain missing from the war.

Kosovo declared independence from Serbia in 2008, which Belgrade hasn't recognized.