War Crimes Court is violating human rights of Kosovo President, says lawyer Koci
Koci said the Special Court in the Hague is violating basic human rights of
Kosovo president Hashim Thaci, who decided to remain silent on the announced
indictment filed against him six months ago. According to the Rules of
Procedures and Evidence a pre-trial judge of the Kosovo Specialist Chambers has
six months on whether to confirm or dismiss the indictment.
On 24 April
2020, the Specialist Prosecutor’s Office (SPO) said in a statement that they
have filed a ten-count Indictment with the Kosovo Specialist Chambers (KSC) for
the Court’s consideration, charging Thaci, and PDK leader Kadri Veseli, and
others with a range of crimes against humanity and war crimes. The Indictment
alleges that Thaci, Veseli, and the other charged suspects are criminally
responsible for nearly 100 murders.
Lawyer Koci who
is accredited before the Kosovo Specialist Chambers, but does not represent Thaci,
said the Hague based court is not showing “minimal respect” towards citizens of
Kosovo and Thaci, by not giving any explanations on what has happened with the
indictment filed on 24 April 2020. “The deadline on confirming or dismissing
the indictment has expired on Friday, which was published while President was
travelling towards Washington. Back then it was stated that the indictment was
published because Hashim Thaci was trying to undo the Special Court,” Koci
said. He said that the way the Sepcial
Court is acting is unjust adding that they are keeping hostage the entire
nation. “On the other hand, this represents brutal violation of Mr. Thaci’s human
rights,” Koci wrote on Facebook. He said that Kosovo citizens should be kept
informed of what is happening with their President, adding that every delay
will fade trust of citizens in this court.
Prosecutor when issued the press statement on 24 June 2020 said that he has deemed
it necessary to issue this public notice of charges because of repeated efforts
by Thaci and Veseli to obstruct and undermine the work of the Chambers.
Following the announcement of the indictment, Thaci was questioned by the Hague
prosecutors in the Hague. /GazetaExpress/