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29 Sep 14 Serbia Reopens Batajnica Mass Grave Probe

Serbia reopened its investigation into the Batajnica police training centre, where hundreds of bodies of Kosovo Albanians were found buried, searching for another mass grave at the site.

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25 Sep 14 Yugoslav Ex-Official Joins Balkan Convicts in Sweden

Nikola Sainovic, the former deputy prime minister of Yugoslavia convicted of war crimes in Kosovo, will become the fourth Balkan war criminal to serve his sentence in Sweden.

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16 Sep 14 BIRN Film Premieres in Kosovo’s Divided Mitrovica

The screening of BIRN’s road-movie documentary The Majority Starts Here in Mitrovica was followed by a debate examining how transitional justice can address the grievances of the wartime past.

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15 Sep 14 Kosovo Albanian Prisoner Recalls Beating by KLA

A witness told the trial of the Kosovo Liberation Army’s ‘Drenica Group’ cell, accused of assaulting prisoners during the 1998-99 war, that he was severely beaten by the defendants.

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15 Sep 14 Serbia Repatriates 24 War Victims’ Bodies to Kosovo

The remains of the ethnic Albanians who were killed during the late 1990s war and buried in a mass grave near the Serbian town of Raska were sent back to Kosovo for identification.

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12 Sep 14 Kosovo Memorial to Abducted Serbian Journalists Removed

A memorial to two Serbian journalists who disappeared after allegedly being abducted by the Kosovo Liberation Army during the war in 1998 has been removed for a third time.

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09 Sep 14 Belgrade Prosecutes Serbian Fighters for Deadly Kosovo Attack

Three former Serbian fighters, including special police commander Vladan Krstovic, are accused of war crimes during an attack on the Kosovo village of Ljubenic that left 46 ethnic Albanians dead.

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08 Sep 14 Kosovo Politician Limaj Faces New War Crime Hearings

Kosovo’s appeals court has reopened the case against former guerrilla commander turned politician Fatmir Limaj and nine other ex-fighters accused of abusing prisoners at the wartime Klecka detention centre.

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04 Sep 14 Dutch Hunt for Alleged Kosovo Organ Trafficking Doctor

Dutch police are seeking to arrest doctor Yusuf Sonmez, accused by EU prosecutors in Kosovo of organised crime and people trafficking from a Pristina clinic where organ-trading took place.

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02 Sep 14 Serbia Locates Alleged Organ Trafficking Doctor

The Serbian authorities say that doctor Yusuf Sonmez, who is accused by the EU rule-of-law of mission in Kosovo of people trafficking and organised crime, has been located in Amsterdam.

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29 Aug 14 War Crimes Court in Focus at UN Kosovo Debate

At Friday's UN session on Kosovo, the formation of a special court to try war crimes committed by Kosovo Albanian fighters in the 1990s will be on the agenda.

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29 Aug 14 Kosovo Protesters Stop Serbs From Attending Church

Several hundred Kosovo Albanians protesting about missing persons from the conflict of the 1990s prevented a busload of Serbs from attending a church service in western Kosovo.

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27 Aug 14 Yugoslav General to Serve War Crimes Term in Finland

Former Yugoslav Army general Nebojsa Pavkovic, convicted of murders and deportations in Kosovo in 1999, will serve his 22-year sentence in Finland, rather than in Serbia as Belgrade would like.

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26 Aug 14 Kosovo Serb Leader Pleads Innocent to War Crimes

Serb political party leader Oliver Ivanovic pleaded not guilty to committing war crimes during the Kosovo conflict and inciting the murder of Albanians during clashes that erupted afterwards.

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21 Aug 14 Serbia Hunt for Kosovo War Bodies Inconclusive

Investigators have failed to find more corpses of Kosovo Albanian victims during a renewed search at a quarry in southern Serbia where 45 bodies have already been exhumed.

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Background

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Profile

Hashim Thaci 'From 'Snake' to Prime Minister

Thaci, born in 1968, joined the Albanian independence cause as a student, becoming one of the leaders of the protest movement in the early 1990s. As the Serbian crackdown intensified, he left for Switzerland, studying history and international relations in Zurich.

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