Preparations for Kosovo special court gather pace

23 July 2014 by Stephanie van den Berg, Pristina (Kosovo)

Kosovo is gearing up to set up a new special tribunal to deal with allegations of war crimes committed by leading members of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA). This week special prosecutor Clint Williamson was in Pristina where he discussed the practicalities of setting up the court with the government in preparation for the imminent publication of his findings. 

Officially the Brussels-based Special Investigative Task Force (SITF) headed by Williamson will only say he traveled to Pristina “in advance of an announcement of investigative findings”. However the Kosovo justice ministry said publication is set for “sometime next week”. Williamson is expected to announce that he has not found enough evidence to sustain the most lurid allegations in the 2010 Council of Europe report, lead by a former Swiss prosecutor, Dick Marty: that KLA members removed organs from Serb prisoners to sell abroad.

A dozen mid-level KLA members

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