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British Ambassador left the room when Thaci criticized international community (Gazeta Metro)

By   /  09/10/2017  /  Articles from Kosovo media  /  No Comments

The Ambassador of the Great Britain to Kosovo, Ruairi O’Connell, left the room where a debate on the Special Court was taking place, when Kosovo’s President, Hashim Thaci, criticized harshly the international community. He said the international community betrayed Kosovo, because they had promised liberalization of visas, membership at UNESCO and European Council in exchange […]

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UNMIK Headlines 28 July

By   /  28/07/2017  /  UNMIK Media Reports  /  No Comments

• Kosovo’s Interpol membership difficult, Russia presiding the meeting in China (Koha)
• Hoti: Minority cannot create government in democracy (RTK)
• Apostolova blames local authorities for annulment of projects in the north (Lajmi)
• “Special Court one of the reasons government will not have a long life (Klan)
• Veseli’s election can (not) fail (Koha)
• Serbs condition Haradinaj (Zeri)
• Serbia blocks agreements on Mitrovica (Zeri)

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Odalović: The evidence is there, we hope the criminals will be punished (Blic)

By   /  07/07/2017  /  Serb. Monitoring  /  No Comments

Secretary General of the Serbian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and President of the Government’s Commission for Missing Persons Veljko Odalović believes that the new Special Court will provide answers to some questions regarding the crimes committed in Kosovo, and that perpetrators will be punished, and victims and their families will get peace and satisfaction, reports […]

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Janjic: First special court indictments expected in autumn (Klan Kosova)

By   /  05/07/2017  /  Articles from Kosovo media  /  No Comments

Dusan Janjic from the Belgrade-based Forum for Ethnic Relations said the first indictments of the specialist chambers cannot be expected before autumn and that they will involve people of influence in politics and security in Kosovo. Janjic said the approval of the Rules of Procedure and Evidence reaffirms the commitment of the international community to […]

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Drecun – Last attempt to prosecute KLA crimes (N1, B92)

By   /  05/07/2017  /  Serb. Monitoring  /  No Comments

B92 reported on the statement of the Chair of the Serbian Assembly Committee for Kosovo, Milovan Drecun, who said that the Special Court for KLA War Crimes is the last chance to prosecute crimes committed by KLA members. He further said that the Working Group, established by the Assembly Committee gathered all the evidences related […]

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UNMIK Headlines 24 June

By   /  24/06/2017  /  UNMIK Media Reports  /  No Comments

• Haradinaj: We have 61 plus confirmed votes, MPs’ smuggling out of question (Koha)
• Kosovo unprepared for situations after Special Court indictments (Koha)
• Daka: Commissioners’ abuses delay counting of votes (Koha)
• Selimi: Creation of government or new elections, in hands of LDK (RTK)
• Serbia to Kurti: You will never fulfill your dream of unification with Albania (Lajmi)

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Request for debate on Special Court returned to Assembly Presidency (Lajmi.net)

By   /  02/05/2017  /  Articles from Kosovo media  /  No Comments

The Assembly of Kosovo might hold during the following days a debate for amendment of the Law on the Special Chambers and the Office of the Specialized Prosecutor. The Commission for Legislation has decided to return the request of six MPs for an Assembly debate on the Special Court, to the Assembly Presidency. “ There […]

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UNMIK Headlines 26 April

By   /  26/04/2017  /  UNMIK Media Reports  /  No Comments

• EU rejects request of suspension of the demarcation criteria (Epoka e Re)
• Thaci: EU should not be manipulated so easily by Serbia (Kosovapress)
• “UN chief not pleased with Kosovo-Serbia dialogue” (Presheva Jone)
• KSF transformation bill to be submitted to Assembly (Zeri)
• Holding two elections, within a year, challenging for CEC (Epoka)
• Gecaj: There is no indication about breakup of PDK-LDK coalition (Koha)
• Gashi: If coalition breaks up, we will request Thaci’s resignation (Koha)
• Lekaj: Haradinaj extradition means destabilization of Kosovo, Balkans (Epoka)
• Daut Haradinaj to be sued for “ethnically clean Kosovo” statement (Kosova Sot)
• Kosovo and Serbia MPs meet in north of Kosovo (Klan Kosova)
• Border police commander’s vehicle set on fire near Leposavic (Kosovapress)
• Special Court to deliver judgment on rules of procedure and evidence (media)

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Iowa native one of 19 judges who will decide Kosovo war crimes cases (Omaha World Herald)

By   /  10/04/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

COUNCIL BLUFFS — Charles L. Smith, a Missouri Valley, Iowa, native and former chief judge of Iowa’s Fourth Judicial District, is one of 19 judges — and the only American — to be named international judges of the Kosovo Specialist Chambers. The Specialist Chambers, which meets at The Hague in the Netherlands, has jurisdiction over […]

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Special Court indictments, by the end of the year (Lajmi.net)

By   /  10/04/2017  /  Articles from Kosovo media  /  No Comments

Despite many statements about the start of Special Court indictments in June of this year, it appears that this will happen six months later. Statement of one of the judges of this Court hinted that the initial indictments cannot be raised before December. Charles L. Smith said for the local daily “Nonpareil” that he “will […]

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Specialist chambers become fully operational (Koha)

By   /  28/03/2017  /  Articles from Kosovo media  /  No Comments

Koha reports that the special court for Kosovo is now up and running following the adoption of the rules of procedure and evidence by specialist chambers judges today. In a press release issued by the Specialist Chambers, the set or rules are described as aiming to enhance the fairness, expeditiousness, efficiency, integrity and security of […]

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Kosovo government allocates over €1.5m for special court indictees (RFE)

By   /  15/03/2017  /  Articles from Kosovo media  /  No Comments

The government of Kosovo has set aside over €1.5 million for legal aid to persons that could be indicted by specialist chamber. The funds were allocated in accordance to a legislation stipulating that persons indicted by the court could seek assistance in covering their legal fees. Analyst Imer Mushkolaj considers funding of legal assistance for […]

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