The President of Kosovo will be interrogated in the Hague on charges of war crimes

The President of Kosovo Hashim Thaci, today will go to the Hague, where he will testify before the international Tribunal on the case of voennyi crimes during the war in Yugoslavia. He told about it in interview to TV channel RTK on July 12.

Thaci was commander of the Kosovo liberation Army, which waged a guerrilla war for independence from Serbia in the 90 years of the twentieth century.

On 24 June, the specialized Prosecutor’s office in Kosovo, working in the Hague, announced that a special chamber of the Tribunal for Kosovo, directed the indictment of 10 points against the President of Kosovo Thaci, the former Parliament speaker Kadri Veseli and others. They are accused of crimes against humanity and war crimes, including about 100 killings, enforced disappearance, persecution and torture during the Yugoslav / Kosovo crisis of 1998-1999.

Thaci said that if the indictment of the specialized Prosecutor’s office in the Hague on events of the war in 1998-1999 confirmed, he will immediately resign.

He noted that may have made political mistakes, but the military did not commit crimes ever.

“Nobody can rewrite history. Kosovo was a victim [of the war]. In Kosovo there was a genocide and ethnic cleansing, but we are faced with this new circumstance, which is the price paid for freedom,” said Thaci.

He added that the court intends to contribute to the restoration of justice.

In January 2016 the Netherlands gave the green light to the establishment in the Hague of new international Tribunal that deals with crimes in Kosovo committed during the 1998-1999 conflict.

In February 2016 Thaci was elected President of the partially recognized Republic of Kosovo.

Kosovo declared independence from Serbia in 2008 and was recognized by 100 countries. Serbia does not recognize the secession of Kosovo and considers its territory.

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