Kosovo top leaders – President Hashim Thaci, Speaker of Assembly Kadri Veseli, and Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj, are continuing efforts to repeal the Law on Specialist Chambers and Specialist Prosecution Office, established to try alleged crimes committed by the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA). Kosovo leaders who were also senior commanders of the KLA, are expected to continue their adventure during January and through accelerated procedures to repeal the law. They are hoping also that the Vetevendosje MP, Albin Kurti, who was released from detention on Friday, will help them undo the controversial war crimes court.
Hashim Thaci, Kadri Veseli, and Ramush Haradinaj are determined to implement their plan and abrogate the Law on Specialist Chambers and Specailist Prosecution Office after failed attempt of the Kosovo Assembly last week. Following the first initiative of the ruling MPs, which crumbled also due to the pressure of the US and British Ambassadors to Kosovo, which was supported also by the German, France and Italian ambassadors, it seems that Kosovo leaders are not giving up. They are working intensively to undo the war crimes court based at The Hague, Netherlands. Their plan is to establish an alternative court in Kosovo, which will deal with alleged crimes committed by the KLA during Kosovo war in 1998-99.
Sources told Gazeta Express that a draft law on abrogation of the Law on Specialist Chambers and Specialist Prosecution Office might be proceeded to the Assembly during January. The US Embassy in Pristina issued on Friday a press release condemning the initiative and calling on Kosovo relevant institutions to stop these efforts immediately. “We are extremely disappointed at those who would sacrifice their country’s future and the unwavering support of the United States, in favor of their personal interests,” it is stated in the press release.
One of the allies of Thaci, Haradinaj and Veseli who will help them undo the war crimes court is the Vetevendosje MP, Albin Kurti, who was released on Friday from detention on remand by the Basic Court of Pristina. Kurti is facing charges of letting-off teargas in Assembly chamber in 2015 in an attempt to prevent establishment of the Association of Serb-majority Municipalities, which derives from an Agreement of the Pristina-Belgrade dialogue facilitated by the EU. Reportedly Kurti’s release from detention is a synchronized move, considering Kurti’s public stance against the Specialist Chambers and it is likely that MPs of the biggest opposition party will support abrogation of the Law, if brought to the Assembly. To everyone's surprise one of the senior officials of the PDK and deputy chairman of this ruling party, Rexhep Hoti, commended Kurti, calling the biggest opponent of the PDK “the phoenix who rises from the ashes” and “knight of the freedom” the day he was released from detention. Kurti’s glorification by the PDK, has raised concern of the commentators in social media that the he might support abrogating the Law.
Currently the Assembly of Kosovo is in winter recess, but Kosovo politicians, including the deputy chairman of the LDK, Lutfi Haziri, have stated that the efforts to abrogate the Specialist Chambers Law will continue. Haziri even stated that this initiative will be reactivated during January 2018.