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Kosovo Muslim faces terror charges over Soleimani posting

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — A Kosovo court on Thursday ordered an ethnic Albanian Muslim to be remanded in custody pending trial for allegedly inciting terrorism, over a social media posting on last week's U.S. killing of a top Iranian general.

The court in the capital, Pristina, accepted a prosecutor’s request to detain Ikballe Berisha Huduti for one month, ruling that she posed a flight risk. Her lawyer refused to comment on the case. If convicted, she could face a minimum one-year jail sentence or a fine.

Berisha Huduti was arrested Tuesday following a comment posted on her Facebook page a day after Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani was killed in Baghdad, The posting lamented his death, calling for “only a little patience for the oppressed Muslim people, wherever you are.”

The Islamic Community of Kosovo, a mostly Muslim country, denounced the postings. The country's leadership had expressed immediate backing for the U.S. actions against Iran. Kosovo is very supportive of Washington following the U.S-led NATO airstrikes in 1999 that ended a bloody Serb crackdown on Kosovo's ethnic Albanian separatists.

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