Ex-Kosovo PM flies to Hague for war crimes trial

[JURIST] Ramush Haradinaj, who resigned yesterday as Kosovo prime minister [official website] after being indicted for war crimes [JURIST report] in connection with his activities while a senior commander of the Kosovo Liberation Army in the late 1990s, flew to the Hague Wednesday on a German military plane to face trial before the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia [official website]. The charges against Haradinaj, which are expected to be unsealed once he is registered in the Tribunal's detention facility, are said to include responsibility for the murders of Serbs and Albanian collaborators. After local and international leaders appealed for calm [UNMIK administrator's statement, PDF] in the face of the indictment, Kosovo remained quiet overnight, with only a small protest of several students in the capital, Pristina. German KFOR peacekeeping forces in the west of the region, Haradinaj's power base, have stepped up security. Reuters has more.



 

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