Trial against Thaci and others not to start later than September 2021

According to the Office of the Specialized Prosecutor at the Specialist Chambers, September of 2021 is the latest deadline to start the trial of the former leaders of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA).

The web page of the Specialist Chambers published on Tuesday submissions of the chief prosecutor Jack Smith on the start of the trial against Hashim Thaci, Kadri Veseli, Jakup Krasniqi, and Rexhep Selimi, which notes that the trial should commence in summer or no later than September 2021.

“The Defence must have a fair opportunity to prepare for trial but given what has been and will be provided to and what is already known by the Defence, this should take months, not years,” the Prosecutor wrote.

At the initial status session, the Defence of the accused objected to this position, claiming they need more time to prepare for the case. Some of them mentioned 2022 as ideal for the start of the trial.