Austrian KFOR soldier accused of rape

Austrian-KFORPRISTINA, Kosovo — 8,000 NATO and allied troops are stationed in Kosovo to improve the fragile security situation. Instead some of them see- mingly contribute to insecurity by misusing their privileged status – including granted immunity. Now a 37-year-old Austrian sergeant is suspected of raping several women working in a KFOR military camp. Austrian army on Friday filed charges against the soldier on suspicion of having committed violations during the time served as part of KFOR in Kosovo.

KFOR officials confirm that the suspect allegedly "intimidated the women and used his position as their superior to rape them and coerce them into sexual acts." According to the Austrian Ministry of Defence the accusations refer to incidents in 2009 and 2010. The responsible KFOR authorities have ordered the immediate return of the soldier from Kosovo to the Austrian district of Kaernten. After an internal investigation, the case is said to be presented before an Austrian prosecutor. KON / NK

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