The trial of the former Prime Minister of Kosovo Ramush Haradinaj is underway in the Hague. He faces war crimes charges related to his time as guerrilla leader in the war against Serb forces in 1998-99. Haradinaj a former regional commander of the Kosovo Liberation Army, resigned as Prime Minister in 2005 after being indicted for murder, rape and torture allegedly committed by men in his charge. The 38-year-old pleaded not guilty to all charges.
He is accused of leading a campaign to drive Serbs and Roma from their villages and for attacks on ethnic Albanians and Roma considered collaborators. The KLA forces including a special unit known as the “Black Eagles”, murdered those civilians who remained according to the indictment.
Considered a hero by many Kosovo Albanians, Haradinaj is the most senior former KLA fighter to be charged over the war against the Serbs and the first serving head of government to be indicted since former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic.