Top Kosovar court orders war crimes retrial
|Publisher||Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty|
|Publication Date||20 November 2012|
|Cite as||Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Top Kosovar court orders war crimes retrial, 20 November 2012, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/50b4d0edc.html [accessed 22 October 2014]|
November 20, 2012
Kosovo's Supreme Court has ordered a war crimes retrial for Fatmir Limaj, a former Kosovar government minister and prominent politician.
Limaj, a former commander of the ethnic Albanian Kosovo Liberation Army that fought Serbian rule in 1998-99, was tried on charges of torturing prisoners but acquitted in May.
The European Union's law-enforcing mission in Kosovo, EULEX, said that a Supreme Court panel of EULEX and local judges had annulled that verdict and ordered a retrial after an appeal from prosecutors.
Limaj has also been tried by the UN war crimes tribunal in The Hague but was acquitted in 2005.
Limaj is a close ally of Prime Minister Hashim Thaci.
Last week, EULEX prosecutors charged Limaj and six others with corruption, accusing them of embezzling 2 million euros ($2.55 million).
Based on reporting by dpa and B92