Haradinaj to face retrial for Kosovo war crimes

The retrial of former Kosovo Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj for war crimes begins today in The Hague.

Ramush Haradinaj, Lahi Ibrahimaj and Idriz Balaj were returned to the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, ICTY, for a partial retrial after the prosecution convinced an appeal judge that it had not been given sufficient time to hear the evidence of two key witnesses.

The prosecution argued that Hardinaj and Ibrahimaj had been found not guilty in 2005 because witnesses were “threatened and blackmailed” and could not deliver the necessary testimony.

In 2008, Haradinaj and Balaj were acquitted of all charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity following a three-year trial. Brahimaj was sentenced to six years’ imprisonment for cruel treatment and torture.

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