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Kosovo lawmaker arrested in fraud case

Updated Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014 | 8:27 a.m.

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — A Kosovo lawmaker who is also a son of late President Ibrahim Rugova was arrested Wednesday by European Union police and justice workers for alleged involvement in organized crime and fraud.

Officers also searched Uke Rugova's residence, which for many years served as the main office of his father, who spearheaded Kosovo's independence from Serbia.

Uke Rugova's lawyer, Bajram Tmava, said his client will appear in front of a judge in the next two days. He said Rugova denies all the charges against him.

The spokesman for the EU's rule of law mission in Kosovo, said their officers raided the properties of at least 10 suspects involved in fraud, organized crime and trading in influence, without identifying them.