First Arrest in Kosovo on the Order of the Special Prosecutor

The Specialized Prosecutor’s Office for Kosovo arrested the former head of the intelligence department of the Kosovo Protection Corps, Salih Mustafa, in Kosovo, based on an arrest warrant issued by a pre-trial judge of the Kosovo Specialized Chambers. 

“Right now, Mustafa is being transferred to the detention unit of the Specialized Chambers of Kosovo in The Hague, where he is to appear before the pre-trial judge”, the Special Prosecutor said in a statement. 

It added the arrest was carried out under the Law on Specialized Chambers and the Specialized Prosecutor’s Office. 

The earlier statement did not say what Mustafa was indicted for, but later on September 24, it was published that “the confirmed indictment against Salih Mustafa charges him of arbitrary deprivation of liberty, cruel treatment, torture, and murder as war crimes committed in the context of and in connection with the non-international armed conflict in Kosovo.” 

Mustafa has been a member of the National Liberation Movement since 1988, under the leadership of Afrim Ziti, Fahri Fazli, and Fadil Vata. 

He was arrested in 1993 and sentenced to five years in prison for organizing an armed uprising. 

Deputy President of the Organization of War Veterans of Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) Nasim Haradinaj said the arrest was a result of ‘raised hands’ and accused the deputies who voted for the formation of the Special KLA court. 

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