Skip to comments.Kosovo PM indicted for war crimes
Posted on 03/01/2005 2:12:16 AM PST by Nennsy
Hague Tribunal indicts
Hague Tribunal indicts Haradinaj
The United Nations War Crimes Tribunal in The Hague has indicted Kosovo's Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj for alleged war crimes committed during the armed conflict in Kosovo, Belgrade's news agency Fonet said, adding that Haradinaj will be heading to Hague by the end of March.
The source says the information has been already confirmed by UNMIK's Justice Department in Pristina.
"Haradinaj will resign by mid-March," Fonet news agency quotes a judge in the UN Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK), who spoke on condition of anonymity. The judge added that the United States and certain EU member-countries have already given a go-ahead.
The same source claims that the information was kept classified and the entire procedure was dragged out to prevent eventual violence not only against Kosovo's Serbs but also against UNMIK staff.
The source says Haradinaj will be setting out for Hague peacefully as he appears willing to sacrifice in the interest of Kosovo's future.
Fonet news agency quotes unnamed spokesperson of UNMIK as saying that Kosovo's prime minister and former KLA commander Ramush Haradinaj will be heading to Hague next week once the UNMIK chief Soren Jessen-Petersen returns from his trip to US. /end/
Huge Kosovo ping!
Apologies to those not on the list.
So much for the UN and Clinton doing Kosovo a favor
But I thought all the muzzies were the "white hats" and all the Serbs the "black hats"?
You thought wrong.
My God, I didn't even realize the importance of "March, although I experienced March of 2004.
Thanks for connecting the dots for me.
The real issue is what will happen in Kosovo if Haradinaj is indicted--will the Kosovar-Albs handle this well or riot or attack UNMIK, etc. Probably the worst case scenario for Serbia's negotiating position on final status of Kosovo is that Haradinaj turns himself in and the K-Albs do nothing.
Maybe this source isn't good either.
APA: Haradinaj in The Hague after Jessen-Petersens return (Epoka e Re)
The Austrian news agency APA reports that Kosovo Prime Minister Haradinaj will resign from his post around the middle of the month and that the indictment will be delivered to him the latest by March 15th.
The same news agency reports that according to an UNMIK spokesman it is possible that Haradinaj could be handed over to ICTY in the next couple of days. This will happen after the return of SRSG Søren Jessen-Petersen from his stay in the US on Tuesday, it was reported.
Mark, I agree with you that there were many speculations about Haradinaj's indictment, and we just have to wait and see.
On the other hand, I wanted to tell you that Kosovo Serbs will gain nothing from this.
it is far too less danger if he remains in the position of PM, and a good excuse for KosovoMetohija Serbs over not joining the interim government, plus, they still would have some satisfaction to spit any time they want over the criminal Government. As I said before, hostaged by potential Hague's indictment at any time, Haradinaj would really try to deliver something positive to the Serbs and simultaneously quite successfully play the role of a peacekeeper; tough guys will be under his firm grip. This is exactly the reason why he is an excellent "match" for Kosovo internationals.
Of course, from human aspect and point of justice, to honor the victims of his "guerilla actions", as he picturesquely wrote in his book, he needs to face a justice, though to me the one in Heaven or Hell is enough.
When it comes to Belgrade, they tend to be so disorganized that if Kosovo was a meal served to them on the plate, they wouldn't know how to eat it.
I KNEW IT, I TOLD YOU GUYS this would happen.