Decision to hear the first witness in the trial of former Kosovo President Hashim Thaci and his three co-defendant in closed session raises concerns about transparency, experts say.
As opening statements in the trial of four high-profile ex-guerrillas in The Hague concluded, former Kosovo Liberation Army spokesperson Jakup Krasniqi told the court that he did not commit any crime during or after the war.
Over two decades after they fought a war together as Kosovo Liberation Army guerrillas, Hashim Thaçi, Kadri Veseli, Rexhep Selimi and Jakup Krasniqi are reunited in court in The Hague to fight war crimes charges.
As former Kosovo Liberation Army member Pjeter Shala’s war crimes trial began in The Hague, the prosecution claimed that prisoners he allegedly assaulted are still suffering the consequences of his violent abuse.
Kosovo ex-guerrilla Pjeter Shala goes on trial at the Kosovo Specialist Chambers this week, accused of abusing civilian detainees held at an Albanian metal factory during wartime, but his defence claims that his own rights have been abused.