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Searches in Pristina. European and Kosovar police mobilized. Krasniqi and Thaçi in prison (v3)

(B2) Operations are currently being carried out in Kosovo aimed at the arrest of personalities suspected of war crimes

Search at the home of J. Krasniqi (© BIRN)

The searches which began on Wednesday (4.11) continued on Thursday and Friday (5 and 6.11). The Specialized Chambers shelling out the people arrested over the hours

Operations supported by EULEX Kosovo

The Special Prosecutor's Office (SPO) conducts continuous operations in Pristina “, the capital of Kosovo, he announced in the early morning, at 8:17 am, this Wednesday (November 4). These OPS operations are supported by the Kosovo Police (KP) and the European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo (EULEX) », Specifies the press release, without saying more (for the moment). “ More information will be given later. »

Related to the June indictments

Last June, the Special Prosecutor's Office struck hard by indicting both Kosovar President Hashim Thaçi and the leader of the Democratic Party of Kosovo (PDK) Kadri Veseli, but also " several other suspects » unnamed. It could be towards these, according to our information, that the Kosovar and European police officers would turn. Our Balkan colleague Birn (Balkan Investigative Reporting Network), specializing in war crimes investigations, has already indicated ongoing searches at Jakup Krasniqi's home.

Former UCK spokesperson targeted

Searches have, in fact, started from 6 a.m., Wednesday, at the home of Jakup Krasniqi located in the Velania district of Pristina, confirms thee media online Kosova Post. A raid was also carried out in another of his residences in Negroc (Drenas, in the suburbs of Pristina). THEformer KLA spokesperson (the Kosovo Liberation Army) during the civil war and former President of the Assembly (from 2007 to 2014) and “ has been isolated in a separate room and has been questioned since this morning “, indicate his relatives according to another media Kosovar journalists and televisions already on site.


Jakup Krasniqi detained in The Hague

Former KLA spokesperson Jakup Krasniqi was in fact “ arrested and transferred to the detention facilities of the Kosovo Specialist Chambers in The Hague “, announced the Chambers, Wednesday evening around 23 p.m. An arrest made pursuant to a confirmed indictment for war crimes and crimes against humanity, and an arrest warrant and transfer order issued by a Pre-Trial Judge)” of the Chambers, it is specified. " Further information will be provided in due course. ", including information on the publication of the indictment, " with redactions if necessary ».

Kadri Veseli, Rexhep Selimi also

Two other men — Kadri Veseli, the current leader of the PDK, and Rexhep Selimi, the founder of the Kosovo Liberation Army (UCK) — were also arrested and transferred to The Hague, the Chambers explain, Thursday evening around 21:30 p.m.

President Hashim Thaci

But above all it is the news of the resignation announced Thursday (5.11) of the President of Kosovo, Hashim Thaçi, his arrest and his “ a transfer in detention facilities » of the Kosovo Specialist Chambers in The Hague, which were a striking sign of a sort of end of a page turning in Kosovo.

serious crimes

We are not involved in petty crimes here. The indictment states “ crimes against humanity and war crimes “, aiming in particular “ murder, enforced disappearance of people, persecution and torture », waged during the Kosovo war of independence in the years 1990-2000. Acts committed on a large scale. The defendants are considered by the judges in The Hague to be “ criminally responsible for nearly 100 murders ". And in total (disappearances, acts of torture included), these are " several hundred victims » against the three main communities in Kosovo (Albanians, Serbs, Roma) without forgetting the political opponents who are targeted. (Read : Kosovo special prosecutor strikes hard: Thaci and Veseli, former KLA leaders, charged with crimes against humanity)

(Aurélie Pugnet, with NGV)

Updated 5.11 (17 p.m.) and 6.11 (9 a.m.)

Ad hod justice

The Specialized Chambers and the Office of the Special Prosecutor were established in 2015 by the European Union to investigate and try crimes against humanity, war crimes and other serious crimes under Kosovo law. The scale of the crimes, the sensitivity of those accused, as well as the pressure on witnesses, justified the creation of a Kosovar justice system relocated to The Hague. Their financing is provided, in large part, by the EU budget under the CFSP (European Common Security Policy).

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