Mayor, diplomat among 15 indicted by EU in Kosovo for war crimes

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A European Union prosecutor has filed an indictment against 15 former ethnic Albanian rebels suspected of committing war crimes against civilians detained in central Kosovo during the 1998-99 war against Serbia.

Among those indicted are Sami Lushtaku, now a mayor of the town of Srbica, and Sylejman Selimi, Kosovo's ambassador to Albania.

Lushtaku is suspected of executing a fellow ethnic Albanian by shooting him in the head, according to the indictment obtained by The Associated Press on Friday. Other charges include beating and torturing detainees kept in an improvised prison facility in the village of Likovac in 1998.

Two other suspects allegedly used a chain saw to behead a Serbian policeman.

The EU helps Kosovo deal with war crimes.