The first indictments by the Special Court for post-war killings of fellow Albanians will be brought against Kosovo’s President Hashim Thaçi, Parliament speaker Kadri Veseli along with several commanders of the former Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA), Pristina gazetaexpress.com website reported on Thursday.
Quoting an unnamed official of the Court the website wrote that evidence had been collected and that 100 people were interviewed either as suspects or witnesses with another 300 planned to be summoned.
Speaking in an unidentified European country, the official said the highest ranking Kosovo politicians would be indicted since witnesses, videos and other evidence were gathered.
“Based on what we have, the Prosecutors’ Office would indite Thaçi, Veseli, Rexhep Selimi, Daut Haradinaj, Sami Lushtaku, Azem Sula and many others from the war period,” the official was quoted as saying.
He added the indictments would be brought after the evidence was completed and that the Court had information about individuals who attempted to obstruct justice, saying that information would be a surprise in the weeks to come.
Earlier this week, speaking to the London Independent daily about the Kosovo Specialist Chambers and Specialist Prosecutor’s Office, set up in the Hague in 2017, to investigate allegations of war crimes against a number of senior figures in the KLA, including him, Thaci said that “as always, we will not run away, we will not shy away, we will face it, and I am convinced we will overcome it with dignity and integrity.”
“I am personally very proud that I was one of the leaders of the Kosovo Liberation Army. There will always be voices that try to denigrate Kosovo or accuse Kosovo, smear Kosovo and me personally. But this doesn’t mean that I have any hesitation on what’s our way forward and how we should proceed forward. I believe in justice. What we should not allow happening is for the history to be rewritten,” he added in an interview with the daily.