Trial of ex-KLA members, including former Kosovo President Hashim Thaci, begins in The Hague

The trial of former commanders of the so-called Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) Hashim Thaci, Kadri Veseli, Rexhep Selimi and Jakup Krasniqi began Monday morning before the Kosovo Specialist Chambers in The Hague.

The trial opened with a brief history of the proceedings, following which the judge read out a summary of the indictment.

All four pleaded not guilty to all charges.

The Specialist Prosecutor’s Office (SPO) then began delivering its opening statement for which it has been allocated a maximum of 5 hours.

The Victims’ Council is also scheduled to make its opening statement, following which each of the four defence teams will deliver their opening statements.

The Trial Panel has indicated that the presentation of evidence in the trial, including the calling of witnesses to take a stand, will begin on 11 April 2023.

The accused are charged with war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in Kosovo from March 1998 through September 1999. The prosecution has so far identified 312 witnesses.

Former Kosovo President Hashim Thaci was KLA’s political leader before and during the 1998/99 war in Kosovo, Kadri Veseli was head of the KLA intelligence service, Jakup Krasniqi was the KLA spokesperson and Rexhep Selimit member of the KLA general staff.

The charges against the four include illegal and arbitrary arrest and detention, abuse, torture and murder, crimes against humanity and responsibility for the disappearance and persecution of persons.

(, 02.04.2023)

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