Supporters of Kosovo’s recently-resigned prime minister saluted him as he flew out of Pristina on Wednesday to surrender to the international war crimes tribunal in The Hague.
Ramush Haradinaj quit as head of the government to answer accusations over atrocities he allegedly committed during the 1998-99 with Serbia.
The 36-year-old who became prime minister last December was a commander of the ethnic Albanian Kosovo Liberation Army that fought for independence from Belgrade.
“I think it’s a big injustice in terms of political balance and a big loss for Kosovo,” said one supporter.
“In the war he showed how to fight and to liberate Kosovo, and he showed how peace can work,” said another man. “Now he shows how brave he is.”
Haradinaj has been accused of multiple crimes against Serbian civilians – charges he denies. Two other suspects, including his cousin, also surrendered to The Hague on Wednesday.