A United Nations war crimes tribunal has acquitted former Kosovo prime minister Ramush Haradinaj of crimes against humanity after a retrial in the Hague.
The judges ruled there was no evidence that Haradinaj then a commander in the Kosovo Liberation Army committed atrocities against Serb, Albanian and Roma civilians in 1998.
The former PM was first cleared in 2008 but appeal judges ordered a partial retrial.
His supporters in Kosovo’s capital, Pristina cheered the verdict as fireworks were set off. The move clears the way for his return to mainstream politics.
But Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic slammed the verdict. In a statement he said it would make reconciliation in the region more difficult and “increases euroscepticism among the Serbian people”.