Sunday, May 26, 2013

House arrest for members of Drenica group

5/25/2013 3:49:00 PM
 BELGRADE - A Pristina court has ordered that members of the so called Drenica group, suspected of war crimes in 1998 and 1999, be placed in house arrest. Former Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) commander Sulejman Selimi, Drenica commander, Sami Ljustaku and five other former KLA fighters will await their trial for war crimes in house arrest. 

 Radio and Television of Serbia says the decision was made after a long interview of 7 former KLA members and hours of deliberating on the decision. EULEX prosecutor Mauricio Salustro requested they be placed in house arrest. Selimi, also known as the Sultan, came to the court from Tirana, where he serves as Kosovo's ambassador to Albania. Ljustaku, who is currently the head of the Srbica municipality and a high-ranking official of the Democratic Party of Kosovo, regional police chief Avni Zabelji and four other people are also suspects. Kosovo's Prime Minister Hasim Taci, whose wartime comrades from Drenica were placed in house arrest, described the charges unbased, adding that it had proven that way in earlier cases before the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. A group of former KLA members from Drenica gathered outside the courthouse, and KLA veterans have also announced a protest in Pristina on Monday. Tanjug Video, archive

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