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Hashim Thaci resigns to face war crime charges

  • 11/5/2020 2:01 PM
Hashim Thaci resigns to face war crime charges

Hashim Thaçi has resigned as President of Kosovo. In a statement to the media, Thaçi announced that the Specialized Chambers in The Hague have confirmed the indictment for war crimes and crimes against humanity.
Thaçi expressed pride that he had been part of the KLA and stressed that no claim can rewrite the history of Kosovo.

"I am proud to have been a member of the KLA. I am proud that together with our allies, with NATO, we fought the genocidal regime of Milosevic and I am proud that together we won freedom. No claim can revisit or rewrite history. Kosovo has been the victim, Serbia has been the aggressor. This situation is a new opportunity for Kosovo and we must turn it into an advantage for the present and future of Kosovo. I ask for peace and unity and union. "Staying united is what guarantees our success."

"This is not a farewell, but a goodbye. "We will come out successful," said Thaci.

On June 24, the Specialized Prosecutor's Office announced that on April 24 it had sent a ten-point indictment to the Kosovo Specialized Chambers, charging President Thaçi, the leader of the Democratic Party of Kosovo, and the former-Speaker of the Assembly of Kosovo Kadri Veseli for a range of crimes against humanity and war crimes including, unlawful murder, enforced disappearance of persons, persecution and torture.

According to the Prosecutor's Office, they are criminally liable for approximately 100 illegal killings. The crimes presented in the indictment include "hundreds of identified victims of Kosovo Albanians, Serbs and Roma and political opponents."

In July, Thaçi was questioned by prosecutors in The Hague for four days in succession, where he spoke about his role, his responsibilities during the war, in the period covered by the mandate of the Special Court.

/Klara Ruci/