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Kosovo court finds opposition MPs guilty of using tear gas

A Kosovo court has found four opposition MPs guilty of repeatedly disrupting parliament by using tear gas.

The four members of the left-wing Self-Determination Party were sentenced on Wednesday to up to 18 months in prison.

They will not be jailed, however, if they do not commit the same crime during a two-year probation period.

The opposition MPs on several occasions since 2015 have used tear gas, blown whistles and thrown water bottles in parliament in protest at a proposed border demarcation agreement with Montenegro.

They say Kosovo is ceding territory under the agreement, a claim denied by the previous government and international experts.

The agreement, which is yet to be approved by parliament, is a pre-condition for a visa-free regime for Kosovo citizens in the European Union's Schengen countries.


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