Former Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) General Commander, Sylejman Selimi, who last week was conditionally released from prison, after serving two/thirds of his sentence found guilty by a court on war crimes, has joined Kosovo Prime Minister’s Office as an advisor.
Selimi, who served also as Kosovo’s Ambassador to Tirana, has been appointed political advisor to Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj. The news has been confirmed by Avni Arifi, chief of staff of Prime Minister’s Office. Arifi said that Selimi met on Friday the Prime Minister. “Sylejman Selimi will be new politifcal advisor to PM Haradinaj. They met on Friday to discuss the details,” Arifi said.
Ex-KLA General Commander, after the war served as General Commander of the Kosovo Protection Corps, and Kosovo Security Force, as well as Kosovo’s Ambassador to Albania. A court in Kosovo found Selimi guilty of torturing a civilian prisoner at an improvised KLA detention centre in the village of Likovc in the Skenderaj municipality in 1998 and early 1999. He was sentenced to eight years by judges at Mitrovica Basic Court in May 2015, but the Appeals Court in Pristina cut his sentence to seven years in October 2016.