Kosovo approves war crimes court


PRISTINA: Kosovo’s parliament on Wednesday approved the creation of an international war crimes court to investigate allegations against ethnic Albanian guerrillas during their conflict with Serbia in the late 1990s. Pristina has been under pressure from the European Union to create the special court ever since a 2011 Council of Europe report alleged crimes including abductions, summary executions and—most controversially—the trafficking of prisoners’ organs by members of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) during the 1998-99 war. The report by the council’s special rapporteur Dick Marty said the KLA, which fought Serbian armed forces during the conflict, had abused, tortured and killed 500 prisoners, mostly ethnic Serbs and Roma. Prime Minister Hashim Thaci, who was a commander during the war, had strongly opposed the creation of the court, calling it “unjust and the greatest insult” to Kosovo.


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