Haradinj to Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung: I have never threatened witnesses

Gazeta Express
8 Gusht 2019 10:44

Outgoing prime minister, Ramush Haradinaj, in an interview with German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) said that he has never threatened witnesses. When asked on his questioning before the Specialist Prosecutor’s Office (SPO) at the Hague last month, Haradinaj said the SPO investigators asked him on the establishment of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) member and his role in the KLA. “I was not confronted with specific accusations. My lawyer who was present advised me not give any specific answer either,” Haradinaj told FAZ, according to Gazeta Express. He said that the questioning at the SPO premises lasted about one hour and when asked whether he expects an indictment will be filed against him, Haradinaj answered: “I was summoned and I have done my job by appearing there [at the Hague],” adding that it is up to the Kosovo Specialist Chambers to decide on the indictment.

Asked by FAZ whether the SPO is bringing the same accusations that he was cleared twice by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, Haradinaj replied: “All I can say now is: I was asked on establishment of the KLA and my role in it, in both trials which have lasted for eight years and my acquittal, are clearly documented. Haradinaj said that he was surprised when receiving summons by the Specialist Prosecutor’s Office considering that he was accused twice by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and finally acquitted of all charges. He also casted doubt that the summons he received from the Hague prosecutors has leaved room for theories and speculations is linked to his political stance. “It is not secret that change of borders in our region, a project which was supported by a part of international community, I have rejected because is highly dangerous,” Haradinaj said adding that 100 percent tax introduced by his Government against Serbian goods will remain into force until Serbia recognises Kosovo’s independence. When reminded by FAZ that his stance on tax has caused him lose support from Washington, Haradinaj said that he was aware of potential consequences, adding that he was honest with international partners in Washington and Europe telling them that redrawing borders threatens stability in Kosovo and the region. “It is also difficult to us to open the market for a neighbouring country, which puts into question our existence and threatens us. Therefore, in Kosovo all think that the tax should remain until Serbia recognises Kosovo,” Haradinaj said.

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