The Serbian Patriarch made a statement about the murder Ivanovich

© AP Photo / Bojan SlavkovicПолицейские at the scene of the murder of politician Oliver Ivanovic in MitrovicaThe Serbian Patriarch made a statement about the murder Ivanovich© AP Photo / Bojan Slavkovic

Killed in Kosovo Serb politician Oliver Ivanovic remained in the region despite the constant pressure, the cost of his own life, said Serbian Patriarch Irinej.

His statement the head of the Serbian Orthodox Church (SOC) made on the religious «Temple».

Former Deputy Minister for Kosovo and Metohija in government of Serbia and one of the leaders of Kosovo Serbs Oliver Ivanovic, was killed on Tuesday morning in the town of Kosovska Mitrovica. Ivanovic recently was the head of political movement «Freedom, democracy and justice».

«Many were forced to leave the territory of Old Serbia (Kosovo and Metohija – ed.). Ivanovic endured the pressure, and was subjected to the ordeal. Although he could leave his land, didn’t want to do it at any cost. Unfortunately, he did this even at the cost of his own life,» the channel posted a video statement to the Serbian Patriarch.

Patriarch Irinej called the victim «the brightest example of our people.»

«Shot in Oliver Ivanovic, is shot at Serbs and Serbia», — said the head of the SOC, who also expressed condolences to the families of the deceased and wished the world to the Serbs in Kosovo.

Ivanovic was arrested by the authorities of the self-proclaimed Kosovo in January 2014 along with four Kosovo Serbs charged with war crimes over the Albanian population of the province in 1999 and 2000. The trial started in December 2014, and Ivanovich was denied release from custody at the time of trial. The seventh of August 2015-ex-Minister started a hunger strike in protest and a week later was admitted to the hospital for health reasons.

In January 2016, he was recognized by the court of the self-proclaimed Republic of Kosovo guilty of a war crime on 14 April 1999 and sentenced to nine years in prison. The court of appeal in Pristina in February 2017 issued Ivanovich under house arrest and appointed a re-trial for the previous charges. In the waiting process, he was actively involved in politics.