Kosovo President urges MPs to extend mandate of the War Crimes Court
president, Hashim Thaci, in a video message posted on his Facebook, called on
Members of Kosovo Parliament to extend the mandate of the Kosovo Specialist Chambers
and Specialist Prosecutor’s Office.
in his message said the mandate of the Hague-based Specialist Chambers,
established by the Parliament of Kosovo
in 2015, should continue until a decision of the European Union Council in
consultations with the Government of Kosovo for closing this Court mandated to
investigate and try alleged crimes of
the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA).
politics should not interfere justice and justice should not interfere politics
either. This was my conviction every time special panels and international courts
were established over the last twenty years. And I still believe this now urging
the Assembly of the Republic of Kosovo to extend the mandate of the Specialist Chambers
and Specialist Prosecutor’s Office until a final announcement of the EU Council
in consultation with the Government of the Republic of Kosovo on concluding the
mandate of this court,” Thaci said.
need clarification the way the Specialist Chambers will close, therefore I believe
MPs will support my initiative,” Thaci said. Further the President said that
Kosovo for twenty years now is facing with courts trying the KLA war, reminding
that the Hague Specialist Chambers are the fifth court dealing with alleged
crimes of the KLA.
Specialist Prosecutor’s Office in a public statement issued in June announced
filing of a war crimes indictment against President Hashim Thaci. The President
was summoned for questioning by the Hague prosecutors. According to their Rules
and Procedures a pre-trial judge of the Specialist Chambers has six months to
either confirm or dismiss the indictment against Thaci. /GazetaExpress/