A running commentary on this incident is available at:http://www.kosovo.net/node/view/262
Some facts I gleaned from this one-sided view:
1. The Orthodox Churches were burned and/or destroyed by Albanian Muslims during the March 2004 "progrom."
2. During or immediately after the wanton destruction, Fr. Christian Venard came all the way from Bosnia to remove the relics from the destroyed Churches for "safekeeping." The removal of the relics did happen and, apparently, Fr. Christian Venard was accompanied by "international military escorts" to the Churches. (It has not been determined yet who authorized Fr. Venard. The Roman Catholic diocese/ bishop of the area denied any foreknowledge of Fr. Venard's actions.)
3. All relics remained in Kosovo. Fr. Venard, after "rescuing" the relics and turning them over to (not yet determined) for safekeeping, returned to Bosnia.
4. One relic has been returned by the French military authorities in Kosovo. Apparently, all relics are in the possession of the French military authorities. (Fr. Venard was to have stated during the "rescue" that he would turn all the relics over to the "local bishop.")
5. The last 2 relics (subject of Orthodoc's initial post) were alleged to have been returned already by the French military authorities but the commentaries say otherwise. The Roman Catholic bishop of the area also wants to know what is happening.
My personal observations:
1. This could be an "altruistic" gesture on the part of the French cleric (he is not a Chaplain of the French military in the area) or on the part of Roman Catholic Church in Bosnia (not Kosovo), realizing that Serbian Orthodox clergy might be hurt or attacked by the Albanian Muslims.
2. From the point of view of the Serbian Orthodox authorities, it is "theft" if they never authrized the removals.
3. From the point of view of Fr. Venard and whoever instructed him to go from Bosnia to Kosovo and "rescue" those relics, it appears helping out brother Christians, the Orthodox.