A former member of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) Tomor Morina returned from North Macedonia after Skopje’s Supreme Court refused to extradite him to Serbia, the FoNet news agency reported on Thursday.
The Court ruled there were no conditions for Morina’s extradition despite an Interpol arrest warrant issued upon Belgrade’s request.
Serbia suspects Morina of war crimes against civilians during the 1989-1999 war in Kosovo. People in Morina’s native tow of Djakovica in Western Kosovo welcomed him as a hero, the KoSSev website reported.
On Wednesday, the authorities in North Macedonia released Morina from jail in Skopje but have seized his passport.
The Court ruling said Morina was “the citizen of Great Britain and Kosovo,” but the report of his return to homeland did not specify which passport had been seized and on which he crossed the North Macedonia Kosovo border.
Morina has been in extradition custody since July 25 after being arrested a day before at a border crossing.
Belgrade reacted angrily on the news about Skopje’s refusal to extradite Morina, saying that politics won over justice.
North Macedonia recognises Kosovo’s independence and is home to a significant ethnic Albanian minority.