Kosovo war crimes court publishes details after arrest and detention at the Hague of ex-KLA member
his arrest by the Specialist Prosecutor’s Office (SPO) on 24 September 2020,
Salih Mustafa was transferred to the Detention Facilities of the Kosovo
Specialist Chambers (KSC) in The Hague on 24 September 2020.
Pre-Trial Judge confirmed the indictment against Salih Mustafa on 12 June 2020.
Pursuant to Rule 88(2) of the Rules of Procedure and Evidence Before the Kosovo
Specialist Chambers the indictment, as confirmed, was not made public at that
time, the Court said in a statement.
indictment, as confirmed, states that crimes of arbitrary detention, cruel
treatment, and torture were committed between approximately 1 April 1999 and 19
April 1999 at a detention compound located in Zllash/Zlaš, Kosovo, against at
least six persons. Moreover, it is stated that one detainee was murdered at that
location on a date between on or about 19 April 1999 and around the end of
April 1999. The indictment, as confirmed, charges Salih Mustafa, under various
forms of criminal responsibility, with: arbitrary detention, cruel treatment,
torture and murder as war crimes committed in the context of and associated
with a non-international armed conflict in Kosovo.
Kosovo Specialist Chambers said that for security reasons, the Pre-Trial Judge
ordered the indictment to be made public with redactions. It can be accessed here.