Saturday, July 20, 2013

Pristina, Tirana ignore KLA's crimes

7/19/2013 3:04:00 PM
BELGRADE - Albanian writer Fatos Lubonja has been criticized by the Kosovo authorities for his statements that members of the political elite in Kosovo and Albania ignore the crimes committed by the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA), the portal Balkan Insight has reported. In the May issue of Sudesteuropa, Lubonja commented on the reactions from the Albanian political elite to the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia's (ICTY) acquittal of former KLA commander Ramus Haradinaj, adding that Haradinaj was welcomed as a hero upon his return to Pristina and visit to Tirana, even though there was enough information saying that the charges filed before the ICTY were true. Haradinaj himself reacted to Lubonja's text and told the Kosovo television station RTK the claims were slander, adding he might press charges against the writer. Lubonja believes the reaction to Haradinaj's release in Albania and Kosovo showed the hypocrisy of the political and cultural elite, who use a nationalistic ideology to brainwash people. 

 The brainwashing causes a kind of schizophrenia, because the Albanians glorify heroes who sacrifice themselves for the nation, Lubonja stated. Lubonja's last name sounds Serbian, spokesperson for Haradinaj's Alliance for Kosovo's Future Ernest Ljuma said, adding profanity to insult the writer and describing him as a Serb who speaks Albanian, the portal said. Kosovo's Minister for Integration Vljora Citaku also gave a statement, saying she was shocked and speechless over Lubonja's article. Haradinaj was acquitted in November last year after a retrial before the ICTY for war crimes in Kosovo during the 1990s. The prosecution thought he was responsible for tortures and killings of Serbs and Albanians in the KLA prison camp in Jablanica in 1998. Photo Tanjug, S.Radovanovic

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