The Specialist Prosecutor’s Office confirmed the war crimes indictment against President Hashim Thaci, also the leader of the Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK) and Kadri Veseli, former Kosovo’s Parliament Speaker and the head of the Intelligence Service as well as one of the founders and leaders of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA).
Both Thaci and Veseli, the leader of the Democratic Party of Kosovo, confirmed they would go to The Hague voluntarily.
Thaci has resigned as Kosovo’s President following the confirmation of the indictment. On Thursday evening, November 5th, Thaci was escorted to the airport by EULEX police.
The Specialist Chambers for Kosovo confirmed also the indictment for Rexhep Selimi, a former member of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) and the current head of the opposition Self-determination (Vetëvendosje) party’s Deputy Club and he said he would appear before the court “with my head high up”, on Thursday.
The Specialist Chambers confirmed Jakup Krasniqi’s transfer to The Hague.
As the Office of the Specialised Prosecutor said in April, Thaci, Veseli “and others” are charged with several crimes against humanity and war crimes, including the killings, forcible displacement, persecution and torture.
The prosecution also accused Veselji and Thaci of obstructing the Specialised Court’s work.
Commenting on the confirmed war crimes indictment against Hashim Thaci, Kosovo’s government said it “deeply believes in the just fight of the (former) Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) for the country’s freedom.”
It added in the press release that “no one can judge our fight for freedom (which is) among the brightest period in history.”
“The KLA fought for the liberation of our country, at home, not in foreign states. That gave it respect in the international community which culminated in NATO 1999 bombing”, the Government statement said.