International tribunal acquits former Kosovo PM in war crimes retrial

Author : puntel1967
Publish Date : 2021-04-03


International tribunal acquits former Kosovo PM in war crimes retrial

For the second time, an international tribunal has acquitted a former Kosovo prime minister and two others of abusing and killing Serbs, raising fears that the Thursday ruling could further strain tense relations between the two countries.

The judges ruled there was no evidence that Ramush Haradinaj, who was a commander of the Kosovo Liberation Army before becoming prime minister, and two other former commanders murdered, tortured and unlawfully detained Serbian civilians, according to the summary judgment.

It was the second recent high-profile acquittal on appeal by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. Two former Croatian generals were cleared of war crimes on November 16.



https://cde.instructure.com/eportfolios/211917/Home/DOWNLOAD_ALBUM_Joseph_Prince__Secrets_of_Jesus_Hidden_i_Zip_Mp3
https://cde.instructure.com/eportfolios/211909/Home/DOWNLOAD_ALBUM_Rory_Wynne__Rory_Wynne_Zip_Mp3
https://cde.instructure.com/eportfolios/211916/Home/Download_Zip__Mp3_Beth_Hart__My_California_Full_Album_Download
https://cde.instructure.com/eportfolios/211908/Home/DownloadMp3_GeuGeu_Empire__Greatness__EP_Album_Download
https://cde.instructure.com/eportfolios/211915/Home/Download_Zip__Mp3_GENTS__Human_Connection_Full_Album_Download


In a statement after the verdict, Amnesty International urged authorities to hold accountable those responsible for abducting and murdering members of minority communities in Kosovo.

'Today's verdict raises the question of if, as the court has established today, the three former high-ranking KLA members are not guilty, who then committed those crimes?' John Dalhuisen, director of Amnesty International's Europe and Central Asia program, said in the statement.

'Is anybody ever going to be brought to justice? These are the questions that the victims and their families ask, and will continue to ask, until they see justice,' he said.

The indictment alleged that Haradinaj, and former Kosovo Liberation Army commanders Idriz Balaj and Lahi Brahimaj, were part of a joint criminal enterprise to consolidate control over the Dukagjin area of western Kosovo through the unlawful removal and mistreatment of civilians.

The charges against the former prime minister stemmed from 1998, when he was a commander in the army and Kosovo was fighting for independence from Serbia. Kosovo declared its independence in 2008, but Serbia has refused to recognize the move.

The three men were initially indicted in March 2005. Haradinaj was originally charged with 37 counts, but the trial court decided in April 2008 there was insufficient evidence to back up the charges and acquitted him, along with Balaj and Brahimaj.

Prosecutors appealed, and the appeals chamber reinstated six counts against all three men, including murder, torture, cruel treatment and unlawful detention.

In a statement after the verdict, Amnesty International urged authorities to hold accountable those responsible for abducting and murdering members of minority communities in Kosovo. In a statement after the verdict, Amnesty International urged authorities to hold accountable those responsible for abducting and murdering members of minority communities in Kosovo. The three men were initially indicted in March 2005. Haradinaj was originally charged with 37 counts, but the trial court decided in April 2008 there was insufficient evidence to back up the charges and acquitted him, along with Balaj and Brahimaj. It was the second recent high-profile acquittal on appeal by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. Two former Croatian generals were cleared of war crimes on November 16. The charges against the former prime minister stemmed from 1998, when he was a commander in the army and Kosovo was fighting for independence from Serbia. Kosovo declared its independence in 2008, but Serbia has refused to recognize the move. In a statement after the verdict, Amnesty International urged authorities to hold accountable those responsible for abducting and murdering members of minority communities in Kosovo. It was the second recent high-profile acquittal on appeal by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. Two former Croatian generals were cleared of war crimes on November 16. 'Is anybody ever going to be brought to justice? These are the questions that the victims and their families ask, and will continue to ask, until they see justice,' he said. The charges against the former prime minister stemmed from 1998, when he was a commander in the army and Kosovo was fighting for independence from Serbia. Kosovo declared its independence in 2008, but Serbia has refused to recognize the move. 'Today's verdict raises the question of if, as the court has established today, the three former high-ranking KLA members are not guilty, who then committed those crimes?' John Dalhuisen, director of Amnesty International's Europe and Central Asia program, said in the statement. The indictment alleged that Haradinaj, and former Kosovo Liberation Army commanders Idriz Balaj and Lahi Brahimaj, were part of a joint criminal enterprise to consolidate control over the Dukagjin area of western Kosovo through the unlawful removal and mistreatment of civilians. For the second time, an international tribunal has acquitted a former Kosovo prime minister and two others of abusing and killing Serbs, raising fears that the Thursday ruling could further strain tense relations between the two countries. For the second time, an international tribunal has acquitted a former Kosovo prime minister and two others of abusing and killing Serbs, raising fears that the Thursday ruling could further strain tense relations between the two countries. The three men were initially indicted in March 2005. Haradinaj was originally charged with 37 counts, but the trial court decided in April 2008 there was insufficient evidence to back up the charges and acquitted him, along with Balaj and Brahimaj. In a statement after the verdict, Amnesty International urged authorities to hold accountable those responsible for abducting and murdering members of minority communities in Kosovo. 'Today's verdict raises the question of if, as the court has established today, the three former high-ranking KLA members are not guilty, who then committed those crimes?' John Dalhuisen, director of Amnesty International's Europe and Central Asia program, said in the statement.

#newsupdatenow



Category :transfer

Plane crash in Malta kills 5 in surveillance operation

Plane crash in Malta kills 5 in surveillance operation

- Passengers on a nearby flight waiting to depart watched in horror as flames shot out and a dark plum


Sofia Kenin wins first grand slam title after beating Garbine Muguruza in the Australian Open final

Sofia Kenin wins first grand slam title after beating Garbine Muguruza in the Australian Open final

- Kenin won her first grand slam title at the Australian Open on Saturday, rallying to beat a resurgen


FIFA in crisis: The men who have been charged

FIFA in crisis: The men who have been charged

- Some of the men who U.S. prosecutors accuse of money laundering, fraud and racketeering have occupie


UK police arrest 4 on suspicion of Syria-linked terror offenses

UK police arrest 4 on suspicion of Syria-linked terror offenses

- UK police arrested four people Tuesday on suspicion of traveling to Syria or supporting the fighting