Eight out of 43 members of the Kosovo Assembly who supported an initiative to annul the law on the Specialist Chambers have withdrawn their signatures.
The Specialist Chambers and Specialist Prosecutor’s Office, referred to colloquially as “the special KLA court,” were set up in 2015 under the auspices of the EU to deal with the crimes committed by KLA (“Kosovo Liberation Army”) members during and after the war in Kosovo.
Investigations into these crimes started after then Council of Europe (CoE) rapporteur Dick Marty submitted his report on “Inhuman treatment of people and illicit trafficking in human organs in Kosovo.”
Last Friday, an attempt to schedule a session of the Kosovo Assembly that would consider the initiative failed, after which Assembly President Kadri Veseli announced that the winter break would last until January 14.
Tanjug is reporting on Wednesday that the withdrawal of some of the signatories from the initiative effectively means that “the several-day political crisis, where western diplomats once again played a key role, is over.”
Kosovo Assembly member Ilir Dedaj told Pristina-based media that the remaining 35 signatures are not enough to schedule “any session.”
“This ended with Kosovo’s leaders losing their credibility,” he said.