Published: Sat, July 20, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

The Hague court summons Kosovo PM

The Hague court summons Kosovo PM

"Responsibility now goes to the president to start consultations to set the date of the [general] election", he added.

Aleksandar Vucic said Saturday that Ramush Haradinaj's resignation was created to rally popular support.

The Specialist Chamber was set up in 2015 to try ex-Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) guerrillas for alleged atrocities in the war that led to independence from Serbia.

Haradinaj's resignation will cause further delays in troubled normalization talks between Kosovo and Serbia. "I can not confirm anything".

The Kosovo Specialist Chambers and Specialist Prosecutor's Office, which was added to Kosovo's constitution in 2017 to try people suspected of serious violations of global law, allows prosecutors to relocate proceedings outside the country. A United Nations tribunal cleared him three times of war crimes charges. He was tried and acquitted twice by that court. "It was not an easy decision not only for me, but for the whole government", he said. "I will defend myself as a fighter of my country", he said. One of his own advisers was also called for questioning in The Hague, he added.

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At the time of the war Kosovo was a Serbian province and most KLA members were ethnic Albanians.

Thaci and parliament speaker Kadri Veseli are also ex-KLA commanders and local media say they could also be summoned to The Hague for questioning. Thaci denied any wrongdoing.

Haradinaj, who took office as prime minister in September 2017, said that while he thought the summons was politically bad for Kosovo, "I will respect the legal request". A bloody Serb crackdown against Kosovo Albanian separatists and civilians led North Atlantic Treaty Organisation to intervene by bombing Serbia in the spring of 1999.

He was acquitted in 2008 - the same year Kosovo unilaterally declared its independence from Serbia - and again in 2012 after a retrial was ordered owing to allegations of witness intimidation in the first case.

Relations between Kosovo and Serbia remain tense, but the European Union has told both countries they will not be allowed to join the bloc unless they normalize relations.

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