Specialist Prosecutor's Office

Kosovo Liberation Army Ex-Guerrilla Convicted of War Crime

The court in Prizren on Wednesday sentenced Remzi Shala, a former Kosovo Liberation Army, KLA unit commander known during wartime as 'The Red Apple', to 14 years in prison for committing a war crime.

Shala was convicted of the kidnapping of Haxhi Perteshi from Duhel, a village in the Suhareka/Suva Reka area in 1998. Days after he was seized, Perteshi was found dead.

Kosovo Special Court ‘Dinner Incident’ Sparks Impartiality Calls

Lawyer Arianit Koci dining with judge Vladimir Mikula in Pristina on Monday. Photo: BIRN.

The Humanitarian Law Centre's call came after judge Vladimir Mikula, who has been appointed to the Specialist Chambers, was seen dining with Kosovo lawyer Arianit Koci at a restaurant in Pristina.

‘Accused’ Kosovo Ex-Commander to be Quizzed in The Hague

A KLA veteran protesting against the new Kosovo war tribunal. Photo: BIRN/Atdhe Mulla.

"I was invited as someone accused of criminal offenses, but they did not mention which cases," Tara said.

He said he was invited for questioning on March 5, 6, and 7, and that he would tell the prosecutors that the KLA fought a defensive war.

Hague Prosecution Calls Kosovo MP for Questioning

Blerim Kuci. Photo: BIRN.

"Today I received the invitation letter and the order to appear before the high prosecutor of the Specialist Prosecutor's Office in The Hague, on March 12, 2019," Kuci wrote in a statement sent to local media on Thursday.

He added that he will "fulfil the obligation and will respond to this order".

Specialist Prosecutor Jack Smith visits Kosovo

According to this, Smith had "a series of meetings with international and Kosovo officials."

"In the course of his visit, he is meeting, among others, with the heads of international organizations, representatives of EU member states and Kosovo Justice Minister Abelard Tahiri, as well as senior officials in the Justice Ministry," Smith's office said.

No evidence, no indictments

According to the daily Specialist Prosecutor's Office (SPO) was not in a hurry to raise indictments explaining that the decision to raise an indictment couldn't be made without securing evidence and conditions for fair trial within a reasonable time.