Ivanović still on hunger strike, his health deterioratesSource: Tanjug
PRIŠTINA -- The health of Oliver Ivanović, the detained Serb politician from northern Kosovo, who earlier this week began a hunger strike, "has worsened."
This is according to his wife Milena Popović-Ivanović, who spoke late on Thursday.
Popović-Ivanović visited her husband in a detention unit in Priština after he had gone on a hunger strike four days ago, demanding to be transferred to a detention centre in northern Kosovska Mitrovica.
In a statement to reporters, she said that Ivanović's condition was "very poor," that he has already lost four kilograms and that he suffered an asphyxia attack on Wednesday, after which he requested to be allowed to get some fresh air.
"An incident occurred. Ethnic Albanians who were outside at the time attacked him physically, threatened him and abused him verbally," Ivanović's wife said, adding that their family was further unsettled by the incident.
The leader of Citizens' Initiative Serbia, Democracy, Justice and candidate for mayor of northern Kosovska Mitrovica in the February 23 elections has been in detention since January 27.
He was arrested on suspicion of involvement in an alleged war crime in 1999 and post-war incidents in 2000, including an aggravated murder, and for inciting to ethnically motivated murder.
The Serbian government on February 10 sought for Ivanović and three other Serbs to be released pending trial, offering guarantees that they will be available to the EULEX mission throughout their trials.
However, despite the guarantees, Ivanović's detention has been extended for two more months on February 27.