KLA Veterans to launch a petition asking amendment of the Law on war crimes court
The Association of the Kosovo Liberation
Army (KLA) Veterans announced launch of a petition asking the Parliament to
initiate amendment of the Law on Kosovo Specialist Chambers. The KLA veterans
ask the Hague-based war crimes court to extend its mandate and deal also with
Serbian crimes committed in Kosovo during 1998-1999 war. The Association of war
veterans has called a nation-wide protest on Thursday to oppose the indictments
filed by the Hague prosecutors against former leaders of the KLA.
Deputy head of the Association of KLA
Veterans, Nasim Haradinaj, in an
interview with KosovaPress said the proposed indictment against Kosovo president Hashim
Thaci and PDK leader Kadri Veseli published by the Specialist Prosecutor’s Office (SPO) last week attacks directly Kosovo, adding that
the Hague prosecutors have indicted the main people of the KLA.
“The KLA was the core value of country’s freedom
and independence. To attack the core values of the KLA, means attacking Kosovo.
Not an individual, because today the whole world has learned that the President
of Kosovo has been indicted, and he was prevented from traveling to the US to
attend a dialogue meeting,” Haradinaj said.
Haradinaj insists the amendment of the Law
on Kosovo Specialist Chambers extending the mandate of prosecuting and trying
all war crimes should happen. He says the KLA veterans will launch a petition
to call a Parliament session to at least discuss such a proposal.
“No one can deny our right to launch a
petition and collect at least 11 thousand signatures asking a Parliament
session. We will need a weekend to collect these signatures. Therefore, we have
called a protest to raise awareness of MPs. And nothing will happen if they amend
or supplement the Law on the Specialist Chambers. They should return these
Chambers to Kosovo and mandate them for trying all war crimes,” Haradinaj said.
Regardless the Government decision banning gathering of more than 50 people as preventive
measures against COVID-19, Haradinaj said that they will respect all measures. The
protest will be held on Thursday Pristina. /GazetaExpress/