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June 25, 2020 Clint Williamson, the European Union's former Special Prosecutor for war crimes committed by Kosovo Albanians during and in the aftermath of the 1999 war in Serbia's former province, advised on Thursday politicians in Kosovo to refrain from

June 25, 2020

Clint Williamson, the European Union's former Special Prosecutor for war crimes committed by Kosovo Albanians during and in the aftermath of the 1999 war in Serbia's former province, advised on Thursday politicians in Kosovo to refrain from nervous reactions to war crimes indictments against some local leaders, the Beta news agency reported.

The Special Prosecutors Office for Kosovobased in The Hague wrote the 10-point charges against President Hashim Thaci and Kadri Veseli, former Parliament speaker, and sent it on Wednesday to the Specialised Chambers of Kosovo for confirmation.

He said he stood behind statements he issued in 2014 saying the investigation about war crimes was focused on individuals, not the entire Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA).

"That is not an attempt to rewrite history," Williamson added.

He told Pristina's media that "in an attempt to protect themselves, some tried to present the investigation as an attack on Kosovo's fight for freedom or the KLA as the whole organisation."

"Many Kosovars joined the KLA with the best intents and were against the post-war crimes. Some showed great courage and integrity being witnesses against those in leading positions who accepted crimes and used the KLA for personal goals," Williamson said.

He added he saw the sufferings of many Kosovo families, but "what happened after the war was not meant to protect Kosovo or fight for freedom," when brutal attacks on the Serbs who decided to stay there happened.

The Albanians who confronted 'leaders from a small KLA group who monopolised the power,' were also targeted."I call on those in Kosovo who nervously react to the indictments, especially those who try to provoke some reactions, to refrain from that…I sincerely hope that it would be a clear solution that would offer justice to the victims, as the key step in enabling Kosovo and Serbia to progress and overcome this tragic period," Williamson said.

Source:   http://rs.n1info.com/English/NEWS/a613498/Fmr-prosecutor-Those-who-nervously-react-to-indictment-in-Kosovo-should-refrain.html

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