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DECEMBER 2020

Former Kosovo President Hashim Thaci Taken Into Custody In The Hague

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Former Kosovo President Hashim Thaci Taken Into Custody In The Hague

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Hashim Thaci has been taken into custody.  On November 5th, he resigned from the presidency of Kosovo to face his indictment by the Hague International Criminal Court on war crimes committed during the conflict against Serbian forces.

The accusations against the former president of the Republic of Kosovo, Hashim Thaci consist of 10 counts, including “murder” and “torture,” according to the Kosovo Specialist Chambers and Specialist Prosecutor’s Office.

The former political leader of the Democratic Party of Kosovo (PDK) and two other suspects have been transferred to the detention center of the court in the Dutch city. On Friday morning in Pristina, police began raiding the homes of those accused of war crimes: Thaci, ex-speaker of the Kosovo parliament, Kadri Veseli, and former field commander and MP Recep Selimi.

“Hashim Thaci, Kadri Veseli, Recep Selimi and Yakup Krasniqi bear personal criminal responsibility “for crimes such as persecution for political and ethnic reasons, illegal arrest and detention, torture, murder and others,” the prosecution said in the document.

They are also accused in being aware of these crimes by their subordinates and not taking measures to prevent them.

Former Kosovo President Hashim Thaci Taken Into Custody In The Hague

Hashim Thaci, Kadri Veseli, Recep Selimi and Yakup Krasniqi

The Netherlands previously established the Special Prosecutor’s Office for Crimes in Kosovo in 1998-1999. It was done according to the report of the Special Representative of the Council of Europe, Dick Marty, dedicated to the crimes of the “Kosovo Liberation Army” (KLA). About 200 former militants of the KLA were called to testify in war crimes cases during the last two years.

Among the most serious cases are drug trafficking, kidnapping, organ trafficking.former Kosovo President Hashim Thaci taken into custody in the Hague.

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