EULEX Press Releases

EULEX Press Releases

With wreath-laying ceremony, EULEX and Kosovo Police honor Audrius Šenavičius killed in line of duty

19 September 2019

On 19 September 2013, EULEX Customs Officer Audrius Šenavicius lost his life when his vehicle came under fire from unknown persons in northern Kosovo. Today, EULEX’s Acting Head, Bernd Thran, and a Kosovo Police delegation led by General Director Rashit Qalaj, visited the site where Audrius Šenavicius was shot and paid their respects. 

“Today we remember our dear colleague Audrius Šenavicius, who was tragically killed on this day in 2013 in the line of duty. Audrius was a dedicated colleague and a loving father, husband and friend. Our thoughts are with Audrius’ family and friends, who are still agonizingly waiting for the perpetrators of his murder to be brought to justice,” said Acting Head of Mission Bernd Thran, who laid a wreath in Audrius’ memory at the site where he was shot.

“Today Kosovo Police marks the loss of a EULEX colleague who was tragically killed. I believe that we, as Kosovo Police, also have an obligation towards colleagues who have been killed. We consider our EULEX colleague to be as one of our own team members,” said Kosovo Police General Director, Rashit Qalaj, adding: “We will do our best to find the perpetrator of the crime.”

“The presence of the Kosovo Police General Director, Rashit Qalaj, at the site where Audrius was shot means a lot to us and shows the commitment of the Kosovo Police to continuing the investigations into this heinous crime, now that EULEX no longer has the mandate to do so. We lost a valued colleague and justice has to be served,” Mr. Thran remarked.

EULEX once again appeals to any person who may have information that can assist the police to come forward without hesitation. The Mission offers a reward of 82.000 euros for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrator(s) of this murder. Please contact +383 38 284 181 or visit our website for more details:,57
In his memory, a minute’s silence was also observed by all EULEX staff.