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Last Updated: Tuesday, 25 April 2006, 17:54 GMT 18:54 UK
Serbs charged with Kosovo murders
Graves of Kosovo victims
Kosovo is littered with grim reminders of the war
War crimes prosecutors in Serbia have charged eight former members of the Serbian security forces with murdering 48 ethnic Albanian civilians.

All but one of the victims were from the same family. They were shot dead in March 1999 during the war in Kosovo.

The ex-policemen were accused of herding the group into a cafe in Suva Reka, southern Kosovo, and shooting them dead.

The victims included 14 children, a pregnant woman and a woman aged 100.

First indictment

The bodies, along with nearly 800 others, were then taken by truck to a police training ground at Batajnica near Belgrade and buried to remove all trace of the crime.

The burial pit was discovered in 2001 after the fall of the late Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic.

At the time of their arrest in October, five of the eight accused were still serving policemen. They have all been held in custody since.

Tuesday's indictment was the first relating to the Batajnica case.

Kosovo has been run by the United Nations since 1999, when a Nato bombing campaign forced the Serbian army to withdraw.



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