Anger in Kosovo as law outlining special court is leaked
A document leaked last week to Kosovar media provides legal background for a court that will deal with crimes allegedly committed by the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) from 1998 to 2000.
The 45-page draft law reveals the first details of how a special court is to be set up to try former KLA members for claims put forward in a report by Council of Europe rapporteur Dick Marty [IJT-157, 1JT-164].
The law foresees “Specialized Chambers [that] are part of but independent from all levels of the Kosovo court system”. Officially, Kosovo is envisaged as the headquarters, but the court would effectively work from a host state. The Netherlands previously said that it was asked to host the court. The international community, meanwhile, has pressed for a location outside Kosovo because of concerns about witness protection.
Opposition party Vetevendosje (meaning ‘self-determination’ in Albanian) slammed the draft proposal, maintaining that the court would in effect be “a completely parallel judicial system” and “remove the last pillar of sovereignty and independence that Kosovo has”.