Kosovo’s former Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj is expected to be released from the Hague Tribunal’s custody on Tuesday.
Haradinaj, the former Kosovo Liberation Army, KLA, Commander for Dukagjini region, has been granted provisional release pending the final verdict in his retrial.
“Ramush [Haradinaj] has been released from the detention, and we are waiting for him to arrive [to Pristina] later today,” a source from Haradinaj’s party, the Alliance for the Future of Kosovo, AAK, told BIRN.
The Hague Tribunal, ICTY, previously provisionally released Haradinaj in May this year, and he spent 6 weeks in Pristina.
The ICTY finished hearings in Haradinaj et al, case on June 27, and the verdict is due to be delivered in September.
Haradinaj, Lahi Brahimaj and Idriz Balaj, all former KLA fighters, were returned to the ICTY for a partial retrial after the prosecution convinced an appeals judge that it had not been given sufficient time to hear the evidence from two key witnesses.
The prosecution argued that Hardinaj and Brahimaj had been found not guilty because witnesses were “threatened and blackmailed” and could not deliver objective testimonies.
In 2008, Haradinaj and Balaj were acquitted of all charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity following a three-year trial. Brahimaj was sentenced to six years’ imprisonment for cruel treatment and torture.
The trio in the case, known as Haradinaj et al, were previously indicted on charges related to the murder, kidnap, torture and rape of Serbs, Roma and Albanians between March and September 1998.
Haradinaj, 43, was indicted in 2004 while serving as Kosovo’s Prime Minister and voluntarily surrendered to the Tribunal. The leader of the Alliance for the Future of Kosovo, AAK, enjoys widespread political support in Kosovo.