Ramush Haradinaj: Extradition decision to be made soon

The former KLA commander and former Kosovo PM, Ramush Haradinaj was questioned before a French court on Wednesday.

But the court is yet to make its decision on further actions in the case, according to Albanian language website IdeksOnline. Tanjug is reporting that the decision will be made on 9th February.

The website said that Haradinaj’s court appearance today lasted less than half an hour. Citing “well informed sources”, it added that the decision on “whether to release him or extradite him to Serbia or to (special court for KLA crimes in) The Hague” would be made “next week.”

Haradinaj was arrested in France on January 4 on an Interpol notice based on a Serbian war crimes warrant. A court later released him from custody, but confiscated his passport and banned him from leaving France pending a decision on Serbia’s extradition request.

Haradinaj was in 2012 acquitted of all charges by the UN war crimes tribunal in The Hague (ICTY).

However, Serbian authorities say they have new evidence and want to put him on trial for war crimes committed in Kosovo in 1998 and 1999, not covered by the ICTY indictment.

A few weeks ago, the Serbian Justice Minister Nela Kuburovic said that France was under an obligation to act on Serbia’s extradition request “even without the Interpol notice.”  She stressed that Serbia was not giving up on its extradition request and was hoping that the French judicial organs will act “professionally, and according to the conventions that they signed themselves.”

(B92, 01.02.2017)


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