2003 Report by the Special Rapporteur on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman, or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, Theo van Boven


145. By letter dated 2 October 2002, the Special Rapporteur advised the Government that he had been informed of measures taken by the United Nations Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) to waive the immunity from prosecution, enjoyed by all UNMIK personnel under UNMIK Regulation 2000/476, in particular with respect to an Austrian CIVPOL officer who had reportedly been suspected, along with two members of the Kosovo Police Service (KPS), of torturing and ill-treating an ethnic Albanian detainee. This Austrian police officer, who had reportedly been arrested on 26 February 2002 and subsequently placed in investigative detention, was allegedly driven by Austrian officers across the border into Macedonia, from where he was flown to Austria. Following an investigation by CIVPOL into the alleged ill-treatment of the detainees and the Austrian police officer's exit from Kosovo, the case file was said to have been passed to an international investigative judge, who formally indicted the suspect. The Austrian Government was said to continue to refuse to extradite the officer concerned to face the charges, despite an international arrest warrant. Furthermore, the police officer was believed to be still working in the Austrian police force.

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