Interim release denied for Thaci, Veseli, Selimi and Krasniqi
Specialist Chambers has denied the applications for interim release of ex-KLA
leaders, Hashim Thaci, Kadri Veseli, Rexhep Selimi and Jakup Krasniqi accused
by the Hague-based court of committing war crimes.
judge, Nicolas Guillou, in separate decisions has denied the applications filed
by defense counsel of the accused. The Specialist Prosecutor, Jack Smith, in his
respective submissions alleged that the accused should not be granted interim
release commission of further offences, flight risk and potential interference
with witnesses or of the obstruction of proceedings.
On 30 November
2020, a Pre-Trial Judge of the Kosovo Specialist Chambers has made public the
decision confirming the indictment against Thaci, Veseli, Selimi and Krasniqi. Following
their arrests by the Specialist Prosecutor on 4 and 5 November, ex-KLA leaders
were transferred to the Detention Facilities of the Kosovo Specialist Chambers
(KSC) in The Hague on 4 and 5 November.
The indictment, states
that the war crimes of illegal or arbitrary arrest and detention, cruel
treatment, torture, and murder, and the crimes against humanity of
imprisonment, other inhumane acts, torture, murder, enforced disappearance of
persons, and persecution were committed from at least March 1998 through
as confirmed, alleges that Hashim Thaçi, Kadri Veseli, Rexhep Selimi and Jakup
Krasniqi are individually criminally responsible, under various forms of
responsibility, for the crimes charged, which were committed in the context of
a non-international armed conflict in Kosovo and were part of a widespread and
systematic attack against persons suspected of being opposed to the KLA.