EU judge accuses 10 Kosovo Albanians of war crimes

September 2, 2011 20:14


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PRISTINA - The European Union's justice mission in Kosovo has charged 10 former fighters of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA), including former transport minister Fatmir Limaj, of war crimes.

"The indictment charges the defendants with various counts of war crimes against the civilian population and prisoners of war," EULEX, the EU's rule of law and justice mission, said in a statement, making the indictment public.

A EULEX judge confirmed a prosecutor's indictment in July accusing the 10 of perpetrating the crimes in 1999 against Serbs, ethnic Albanian civilians and Serb military and police officers.

The indictment is likely to harm the ruling Democratic Party of Prime Minister Hashim Thaci because Limaj is one of its main figures and a long-time ally of the premier.

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