Vasfije Krasniqi Goodman. | Photo: Valerie Plesch.

Wartime rape case cannot be reopened, say Prosecution

The Kosovo prosecution said there was no legal basis to reopen the case of Vasfije Krasniqi Goodman, who was one of the first women in Kosovo to speak out about being raped during the 1998-99 war.

Kosovo’s Special Prosecutor Drita Hajdari told BIRN on Friday that she tried for some time to find a legal basis to reopen the case of Vasfije Krasniqi Goodman, but did not succeed.

“To reopen a case, new proof is needed… but only if it is in favor of the defendant, not against him,” she said.

In 2014, Kosovo’s Supreme Court acquitted two former Serb policemen who were indicted for raping Krasniqi Goodman.

Krasniqi Goodman was one of the first women to speak publicly about how she was raped during the war, when she was 16 years old.

Prosecutor Hajdari told BIRN Kosovo’s TV program Jeta ne Kosove in November that she had relaunched investigations into the case.

“The case of Vasfije has been reopened. I decided to reopen her case, but not against the perpetrators, because the procedures against [both of] them were closed with the final verdict,” Hajdari said.

She explained that one of the reasons for reopening the case was that rape was used as a “tool of war” by Serbian forces.

14/06/2019 - 18:51

14 June 2019 - 18:51

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