Specialist Chamber of the Constitutional Court has decided to extend the
mandate of the Hague based court established to prosecute and try alleged
crimes committed by the Kosovo Liberation Army.
Constitutional Chamber decided that the proposed constitutional amendments,
proposed by former president of Kosovo Hashim Thaci who is now subject of an
indictment for war crimes filed by this Court, diminish the rights and freedoms
guaranteed by Chapter II of the Constitution.
constitutional amendments had been proposed on 24 August 2020 by the President
of Kosovo at the time and were subsequently referred by the President of the
Assembly of Kosovo to the Chamber for a prior assessment as required by Article
144(3) of the Constitution.
its judgment, the Constitutional Chamber assessed the proposed constitutional
amendments with due regard to the specific context and features of the
Specialist Chambers and Specialist Prosecutor’s Office. The Constitutional
Chamber also confirmed that, pursuant to Article 162(3) of the Constitution, it
had exclusive jurisdiction to carry out this assessment since the proposed
amendments relate to the Specialist Chambers and Specialist Prosecutor’s
Constitutional Chamber also reiterated that, pursuant to Article 162(13) and
(14) of the Constitution, the mandate of the Specialist Chambers and the
Specialist Prosecutor’s Office has continued and shall continue until
notification by the Council of the European Union of completion of the
announcement was made public the same day the President of the Kosovo
Specialist Chambers, Ekatarina Trendafilova, was mandated for a second four-year
term as head of this Court. /GazetaExpress/