Smoke bombs were thrown and six protesters arrested as they tried to prevent the president of the Hague-based Kosovo Specialist Chambers war crimes court from holding an event in Prishtina.
Albanians took to the streets to express fury as the trial of their Kosovo Liberation Army heroes began, while inside the court, the defendants’ emotions ran high. BIRN’s Xhorxhina Bami watched events unfold this week in The Hague.
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.
Defence lawyers for ex-President Hashim Thaçi and his three co-defendants argued that they did not have control over Kosovo Liberation Army guerrillas who allegedly committed crimes against prisoners during the war.
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.