Kosovo parliament supports Ramush Haradinaj at ICTY

HaradinajPRISTINA, Kosovo — The Kosovo Parliament today held a session on the ICTY trial against former Kosovo Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj. As to Kosovar media, the parliament unanimously adopted the recommendations initiated by the Alliance for the Future of Kosovo – AAK – on the partial retrial of its chairman, who currently is arrested at The Hague for alleged war crimes. The Deputy Head of the AAK, former Kosovo Labour Minister Ahmet Isufi, stated he believes "in the innocence of Mr. Haradinaj and his comrades, and in the fight of the Kosovo Liberation Army".  

According to Isufi, the "today’s debate showed once again the strong confidence we have in international justice, but also concerning the innocence of Ramush Haradinaj, Lah Brahimaj and Idriz Balaj."

Under the slogan "justice delayed is justice denied", the AAK initiative particularly aims at implementing a faster procedure at the court in The Hague. It further on requests institutional support for the defendants by the Kosovo government.

On this regard Kosovo Prime Minister Thaci prior to the extraordinary session reportedly announced, he will offer support for Haradinaj and his the further defendants, as much as it is allowed by the law and the Constitution of the Republic of Kosovo.

Ramush Haradinaj served as the Prime Minister of the Republic of Kosovo for 100 days before he went to The Hague in 2005, in order to face a war crimes trial against him. He was released in April 2008. In June 2010 the ICTY decided to repeat the trial against Haradinaj. In both cases Haradinaj appeared voluntarily without resistance and delay in The Hague.  

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