Kosovo President Hashim Thaci has signed a decree to pardon three former members of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) convicted of killing after the war in Kosovo in 2001 an entire family in the high-profile ‘Kiqina’ case.
Thaci on Friday signed the decree pardoning Arben Kiqina and brothers Arsim Ramadani and Burim Ramadani, who were jailed for murdering the Hajra family in 2001, allegedly because the father of the family was a police officer under Slobodan Milosevic’s regime. A total of five men were convicted of killing the Hajra family near Drenas in central Kosovo in August 2001, all former Kosovo Liberation Army members. Burim Ramadani, Arsim Ramadani and Arben Kiqina were jailed for 30 years, Jeton Kiqina for 16 years and Blerim Kiqina for 11 years. The family died when their car came under fire from automatic weapons.
The Hajra family died when their car came under fire from automatic weapons in August 2001. According to a EULEX report, the father, Hamze Hajra, was a police officer during the rule of Serbian strongman Slobodan Milosevic and his killing was motivated by revenge. Hajra’s youngest daughter was the only one who survived the attack.