Kosovo Albanians at war crimes tribunal - three delivered, one escapes

[JURIST] Three Kosovo Albanians who were guards at a KLA prison camp in Kosovo arrived at The Hague Tuesday for trial before the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia [official website]. Read the indictment [text] against them, originally issued on January 24 but only unsealed Tuesday. The ICTY issued a press release, including a statement by ICTY Prosecutor Carla del Ponte in which she lambasted NATO KFOR [official website] security forces in Kosovo for allowing a fourth indictee to escape: "The fourth co-accused, Fatmir Limaj, was able to leave Kosovo, last Friday February 14th, on a regular flight on a business trip. He was not on the run, he was not in hiding, he simply booked a flight ticket, and, as any ordinary citizen, was allowed to board his flight and leave. It was that easy. And it is outrageous. It escapes all understanding that Fatmir Limaj, a member of Parliament, a public figure, could be allowed to leave Kosovo with such ease, two and a half weeks after KFOR had been in possession of the Indictment and the arrest warrant."

UPDATE: As you may have seen on JURIST's Breaking Legal News, VOA is now reporting that the fourth Kosovo Albanian indictee has surrendered to Austrian authorities after learning of the arrests of his three co-indictees.

 

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