Kosovo ex-guerillas protest against war crimes court


PRISTINA: Some 1,000 Kosovo Albanians, mostly veterans of the 1990s war with Serbia, protested Wednesday against the creation of a special court that would handle war crimes allegedly committed by former ethnic Albanian guerrillas. “History shows that there are no crimes when a nation fights for freedom,” Xhavit Jashari, a veteran leader, told the protesters who gathered in front of the government and parliament buildings in the capital Pristina. Pristina had 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 KLA members during the war.



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