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30.06.20 | News

Kosovo leaders urged to amend ‘selective' law on special war crimes court to prosecute slaughters by Serbia


Prishtina, 30 June 2020, dtt-net.com - A Kosovan NGO continues to call on local leaders and political parties to amend the 2015 law on the EU and USA backed special war crimes court in order to oblige American prosecutor Jack Smith to prosecute slaughters and rapes committed by Serbia army, police and paramilitaries during the 1998-1999 war, in parallel with alleged crimes of former Kosovan guerrilla members, but politicians and leaders in Prishtina, Washington and EU capitals are tight-lipped to the call for justice.

"Kosovo leaders must amend selective 2015 law on special war crimes court to oblige prosecutor Jack Smith to indict Serb murderers of Albanian civilians, who are walking free in Serbia protected by their president Aleksandar Vucic", the Chairwoman of the ONG “Family and Hope” Zana Bytyqi-Geci told dtt-net.com.

Bytyqi-Geci and the NGO she represents has been making the call since November 2016, but Kosovan leaders and the EU and USA governments have ignored the calls.

In March, she addressed another public letter to Kosovan President Hashim Thaçi and leaders of political parties calling them once again to act concretely and amend the law of August 2015 over war crimes and not continue put the blame in vain to the international community while they can amend the law in Prishtina themselves.

Bytyqi (28) who lost her father and uncle on 4 April 1999 when Serb army executed 86 Albanian civilians from Klina in Kralan village of Gjakove municipality while being deported to Albania, recalled that after 21 years since the war ended she and other relatives of the victims want now justice by the special court in the Hague as the last hope.

“There is no better address than this court to prosecute hundreds of Serbs who have committed crimes against our beloved ones and who are still free in Serbia under the protection of Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic,” she said.

Bytyqi told dtt-net.com that the current version of the law adopted by Kosovan parliament “is selective” as it deals only on alleged war crimes by former members of now-disbanded Kosovo Albanian guerrilla, KLA, “while ignoring totally” war crimes of Serbia against Albanian civilians. 

The court, according to the law, is meant to shed light on the 2010 report of Swiss politician Dick Marty and adopted by the Council of Europe on human harvesting accusations against Kosovan President Hashim Thaçi and five others of his associates, which they deny.

The EU and the US government have been pushing hard to set up the court in the Netherlands following Marty’s report who accused top Kosovan politicians and former leaders of KLA of being responsible for the murder of civilians during the 1998-1999 war of independence from Serbia.

Court’s prosecutor Smith has interviewed around 130 former members KLA as suspects or witnesses so far and last week charges against President Hashim Thaçi and several others are made public.

Around 13,000 people were killed and nearly 1,700 are still missing since the 1998-1999 Kosovo war that ended after NATO intervened in support of the Albanians in the war for independence from Serbia.

More than 12,000 Ethnic Albanians were slaughtered by Serbia’s army and police then led by late Slobodan Milosevic’s regime, whose minister of information was today’s Serbia President Aleksandar Vucic.

30.06.20 | News