Wanted: court for KLA war crimes evidence

10 September 2014 by Stephanie van den Berg, Belgrade (Serbia)

A special investigative taskforce has found evidence that top Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) officials carried out a campaign of persecution against Serbs and others during and straight after Kosovo’s 1998-1999 conflict with Serbia. But with no court yet in place, the filing of indictments will have to wait.

Presenting the results of his three-year probe in late July, US prosecutor John Clint Williamson said he had enough evidence [IJT-164] to file charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity against "several senior officials of the former KLA". He gave no specifics about who would face charges, stressing that all findings will remain under seal until indictments can be received by the special court due to be set up next year to deal with the cases. "This is an unusual - in fact, an unprecedented - situation," the prosecutor acknowledged, adding that his July statement should be seen as a "placeholder" until an indictment can be issued.

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