New indictment at Kosovo war crimes court

NEWS 28.04.2020 10:49
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The prosecutor at the Kosovo war crimes court in the Hague filed another so-called secret indictment, the Kosovo Specialist Chambers said in press release on Tuesday.

The press release said that Chambers President Judge Ekaterina Trendofilova had assigned a pre-trial judge to review the new indictment whose contents remain confidential under the regulations of the specialized court. The pre-trial judge has a six month deadline to confirm or reject the indictment.  

“Following his notification to initiate proceedings in February 2020, the Specialist Prosecutor again notified the President of the Kosovo Specialist Chambers on Thursday, 23 April 2020,of his intent to initiate additional proceedings before the Specialist Chambers and requested that a Pre-Trial Judge be assigned in accordance with the Law,” the press release said.  

The first indictment were filed by the Specialist Prosecutor early this year but none have been released to the public pending reviews by judges. Prosecutors and investigators at the Specialist Chambers have questioned more than 250 people, most of them Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) veterans, either as witnesses or suspected war criminals, including former Kosovo Parliament Speaker Kadri Veseli and former Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj.  

The court has jurisdiction for crimes committed in Kosovo between January 1, 1998 and December 31, 2000 and will investigate and process claims made in a report to the Council of Europe (CoE) Parliamentary Assembly by rapporteur Dik Marti in January 2011 about “serious cross-border and international crimes”.