Sentence against ethnic Albanian upheld in Kosovo war crimes case

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BELGRADE, Serbia -- Serbia's Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a 13-year prison sentence for a former ethnic Albanian fighter convicted of taking part in the torture and rape of civilians at the end of the 1998-99 war in Kosovo province.

The defense appealed for Anton Lekaj, 26, to be sent back to Kosovo -- a United Nations and NATO protectorate since 1999. But the court confirmed an earlier verdict that found him guilty of war crimes.

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