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21 Jul, 2010 18:50

Former Kosovo leader to be retried

Former Kosovo Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj is to be retried in The Hague over alleged war crimes.

Two years ago, charges of rape, torture and murder against Haradinaj were dropped due to a lack of evidence. The president of the Yugoslav tribunal says his original trial was marred by witness intimidation.

Haradinaj is the most senior former member of the Kosovo Liberation Army to be indicted over the war with Serbian forces in the late 1990s.

Misha Gavrilovic, a political expert on the Balkans, says the retrial is needed to show that “some kind of justice exists.”

“You have to bear in mind that many of the things over which Mr. Haradinaj has been accused of took place in Kosovo when it was part of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and Serbia,” Gavrilovic said. “Since then, during his trial a number of executions have taken place. And one possibility they actually want to show is the fact this took place under essentially NATO occupation and under the Kosovo administration is not alright. But it’s only a guess at this stage; we have to see how the events unfold over the next several weeks.”

On Thursday, the International Court of Justice will also outline its legal view on Kosovo's declaration of independence from Serbia in 2008.