KSC prosecution opposes interim release of former KLA leaders

The Kosovo Specialist Chambers prosecution has opposed the request for interim release of former Kosovo Liberation Army leaders awaiting trial on war crimes charges saying that the guarantees provided by the Kosovo Police regarding enforcing conditions attached to the accused possible release “do nothing to change the previous findings that conditional release is not effectively enforceable” considering, as it said, risks posed by Kadri Veseli, Rexhep Selimi, and Jakup Krasniqi. 

“The well-established climate of interference with the judicial process in Kosovo, comprehensively documented previously, is not a historical relic. Allegations recently surfaced that the Kosovo Intelligence Agency had two agents pose as witnesses to give fabricated testimony linking former president Hashim Thaçi’s political opponents to terrorist organizations. The conduct of the leaders of the KLA War Veterans association, including statements by Faton Klinaku this summer and the crimes alleged to have been committed in Gucati and Haradinaj, also clearly demonstrates that this climate persists. Witnesses do not need to be physically harmed to be intimidated; even the prospect of releasing the Accused in Kosovo creates fear and uncertainty amongst witnesses in this case,” the Specialist Prosecutor Jack Smith argued.