Wednesday 20 June 2018

Kosovo leader brands war crimes court a ‘historical injustice’

Hashim Thaci claimed the nation was fighting for its existence and Kosovars should not be prosecuted.

Kosovo's President Hashim Thaci stands in front of a banner marking the 10th anniversary of Kosovo independence (Visar Kryeziu/AP)
Kosovo's President Hashim Thaci stands in front of a banner marking the 10th anniversary of Kosovo independence (Visar Kryeziu/AP)

By Associated Press Reporter

Kosovo’s president has called an international war crimes court with jurisdiction over potential Kosovar suspects a “historical injustice”, adding his government only reluctantly accepted it as the “price for its liberty”.

In an interview with The Associated Press ahead of the 10th anniversary of Kosovo declaring independence from Serbia, Hashim Thaci slammed the court, based in The Hague, Netherlands, as akin to creating a court to judge Jews who were persecuted by the Nazis in the Second World War.

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(Visar Kryeziu/AP)

He said on Wednesday: “Kosovo held a defensive war for its existence as a nation and attacked no one.”

Kosovo’s bloody war for independence ended with a 1999 Nato air campaign.

The Kosovo war crimes court has jurisdiction over alleged war crime suspects in Kosovo, but has yet to hear any cases.

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