Prosecution witnesses’ testimony in the war crimes trial of former Kosovo President Hashim Thaçi and his three co-defendants could take over six years, judges in The Hague warned.
Kosovo Special Court rejects a request by the defence of former President Hashim Thaçi to expedite the testimonies of several former international officials whose age and health raises fears about their possible death before the trial opens.
Kosovo Liberation Army ex-leaders turned politicians Hashim Thaçi and Kadri Veseli pleaded not guilty to additional charges filed by Hague prosecutors alleging they committed further wartime and post-war crimes against civilians.
Washington-based watchdog organisation Freedom House alleged that two political leaders in Kosovo, ex-President Hashim Thaci and ex-Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj, “have links to organised crime and high-level corruption”.
The Kosovo Specialist Chambers rejected an appeal for conditional release by former Kosovo President Hashim Thaci, who is in custody in the Netherlands awaiting trial for war crimes and crimes against humanity.