Kosovo”s former president Hashim Thaci was on Monday set to make his first look earlier than a choose at a particular courtroom within the Netherlands going through expenses of struggle crimes and crimes in opposition to humanity.
A guerrilla chief throughout Kosovo’s struggle for independence from Serbia within the 1990s, Thaci, 52, resigned from workplace on Thursday.
“I’ll cooperate intently with justice. I imagine in fact, reconciliation and the way forward for our nation and society. Subsequently right now, greater than ever, I name upon you to not lose hope, persistence and religion,” Thaci stated at a press convention in Pristina.
He stated he needed to guard his nation in opposition to what he referred to as makes an attempt to rewrite historical past. “Kosovo has been the sufferer. Serbia has been the aggressor,” he stated.
A world prosecutor has indicted Thaci and different former guerilla leaders on 10 expenses of crimes in opposition to humanity and struggle crimes for his management of fighters with the Kosovo Liberation Military who’re accused of illegally imprisoning, abusing and murdering captured opponents and perceived traitors in the course of the struggle.
Thaci denies any wrongdoing.
The previous president on Thursday left Kosovo for the Hague aboard a army cargo airplane that took off from a NATO airport exterior the capital, Pristina.
The 2 different people who find themselves believed to have been charged for related crimes and had been additionally on the identical plane.
They’re the previous speaker of the Kosovo parliament and head of the Democratic Get together of Kosovo, Kadri Veseli, and a member of the Vetëvendosje opposition occasion, Rexhep Selimi. The 2 males are additionally former members of the KLA.
Again in Kosovo officers of the Particular Prosecutor’s Workplace raided his home close to the capital Pristina and people of the opposite individuals indicted.
On the courtroom look Monday, a pre-trial choose will be certain that Thaci’s rights are revered and that he understands the costs, the Kosovo Specialist Chambers courtroom stated in an announcement.
Most people who died within the 1998-1999 struggle in Kosovo had been ethnic Albanians, with 1,641 individuals are nonetheless unaccounted for. A 78-day NATO air marketing campaign in opposition to Serbian troops ended the preventing.
The formation of the Hague courtroom and prosecutor’s workplace adopted a 2011 report by the Council of Europe, a human rights physique.
In 2008, Kosovo declared its independence from Serbia, a transfer that Serbia refuses to recognise.
Ties between Kosovo and Serbia stay tense, regardless of 9 years of negotiations mediated by the European Union and supported by the USA.
The indictment was introduced in June when Thaci was en path to a gathering on the White Home with Serb counterpart Aleksandar Vucic. That assembly was held with Kosovo’s prime minister as a substitute in September.
The European Union mission in Kosovo and member states’ representatives welcomed Thaci’s resignation and the cooperation that he and the opposite indicted leaders confirmed with the courtroom.
“We’ve got strongly supported the institution of the Specialist Chambers, an integral a part of Kosovo’s Rule of Legislation system, and can proceed to take action till the Chambers’ mission, which Kosovo has additionally dedicated to, is fulfilled,” the mission stated in an announcement.
“That is important for the consolidation of Kosovo’s European perspective.”