Kosovo’s Justice Minister summoned by Hague prosecutors?


Gazeta Express
16 Tetor 2019 14:26

Among those summoned by the Hague based Specialist Prosecutor’s Office (SPO), reportedly is also Kosovo’s outgoing minister of Justice, Abelard Tahiri. Tahiri was not part of the war and he nither confirmed nor denied receiving the summons, Gazeta Express reports.

Tahiri said briefly that he cannot comment on this issue. “For the moment I cannot comment on this issue,” he said. Express has tried to contact Tahiri, but he was out of reach. Tahiri is not the only official of the Ministry of Justice summoned by the SPO prosecutors, whose mandate is to investigate and prosecute alleged crimes committed by the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) during and after the war in Kosovo.  

In August 2019, Gazeta Express has reported that a Kosovo citizen was summoned who at the time Kosovo war was over in 1999 was only eight years old. But sources explained to Gazeta Express that Rilind Berisha who was summoned by the Hague prosecutors, was not among suspects of committing war crimes, but he was questioned on his role in the Ministry of Justice and was suspected of leaking sensitive information. Berisha was part of the Office on Defence of Potential indictees by the Kosovo Specialist Chambers which operates within the Ministry of Justice was created after the Hague prosecutors sent the first summons to former KLA members for quizzing them at the Hague. Its role is offering help to family members and potential indictees during proceedings at the Hague. /GazetaExpress/

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