A UN court ordered on Wednesday that former Kosovan prime minister Ramush Haradinaj must face a retrial for war crimes.
The Hague-based International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia ruled to overturn the 42-year-old’s acquittal from two years ago amid allegations of witness intimidation.
Presiding judge Patrick Robinson told the court that “the prosecution asserted that these witnesses possessed direct evidence relating to the guilt of the three accused, who had refused to testify due to intimidation and fear.”
The charges against Hardinaj relate to Kosovo’s 1998 -1999 conflict and include the alleged murder, torture and rape of Serbs.
Haradinaj, the most senior Kosovo leader to stand trial at the ICTY, was a commander of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) at the time of the alleged atrocities
The one-time nightclub bouncer and former construction worker returned from spells in Switzerland and France to join Kosovo’s fight to win independence from Serbia, quickly rising through the separatist ranks.