Kosovo’s Justice Minister summoned by Hague prosecutors?
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/