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Thursday, 29 November 2012

U.N. Court Frees Former Leader of Kosovo

PARIS — A United Nations war crimes tribunal on Thursday acquitted the former prime minister of Kosovo, Ramush Haradinaj, for the second time of torturing and killing Serb civilians while he was a commander of the NATO-backed Kosovo Liberation Army during its fight for independence in 1999. 
Two of his comrades, Idriz Balaj and Lahi Brahimaj, were also acquitted, although Mr. Brahimaj has already served a six-year sentence for torture handed down in an earlier trial. The judges ordered the three men released immediately.

Supporters cheered and applauded in the courtroom’s public gallery in The Hague, where proceedings were broadcast via videostream.
The men were expected to return later in the day to Kosovo, where Mr. Haradinaj’s supporters — even before the verdict — said they hoped he would return to politics. In Serbia, which is involved in crucial talks with Kosovo, a former Serbian province before the war, the decision was expected to provoke a new wave of angry reactions.
Earlier this month, the tribunal enraged the Belgrade government and many Serbs, when an appeals chamber threw out the convictions of two Croatian generals, Ante Gotovina and Mladen Markac. They had led a 1995 military campaign that recaptured Serb-occupied Croatian land and drove more than 150,000 Serbs from Croatia.
The overturning of the Croatian and now the Kosovo convictions are seen as serious setbacks for the prosecution. It has said in recent days that it will seek a review of the Croatian appeals ruling, in which two of the five judges wrote unusually sharp dissents. 
29/11/12 
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ΚΚΕ: Καμία έκπληξη από την αθώωση του αρχηγού του UCK στη Χάγη

Σε σχόλιό του, για την αθώωση του πρώην αρχηγού του UCK και πρωθυπουργού του Κοσσόβου Ραμούς Χαραντινάι, το Γραφείο Τύπου της ΚΕ του ΚΚΕ σημειώνει:

 «Το Διεθνές Ποινικό Δικαστήριο της Χάγης αθώωσε τον διοικητή του UCK Ρ. Χαραντινάι, γιατί δεν βρήκε, όπως λέει, επαρκή στοιχεία για τις δολοφονίες – προβοκάτσιες, για το εμπόριο όπλων, ναρκωτικών κλπ.! Καμία έκπληξη.


Η έκπληξη θα ήταν αυτό το διορισμένο από τις ΗΠΑ και την ΕΕ δικαστήριο να έβλεπε τα κραυγαλέα εγκλήματα και να έβγαζε καταδικαστική απόφαση. Αυτά είναι τα όργανα τα οποία οι υποστηρικτές του καπιταλισμού τα παρουσιάζουν ως ανεξάρτητα και δίκαια». 
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29/11/12
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