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22 Oct 14 Kosovo Liberation Army Veterans Estimated at 20,000

Government estimates suggest that a headcount will reveal that some 20,000 guerrillas fought for the Kosovo Liberation Army against Serbian forces and are entitled to veterans’ pensions.

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22 Oct 14 Serbian Police Official to Be Jailed in Germany

Former high-ranking Serbian interior ministry official Vlastimir Djordjevic will be sent to a German prison to serve his 18-year sentence for war crimes against Albanians in Kosovo.

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13 Oct 14 Serbia Sends 12 War Victims’ Remains to Kosovo

The remains of the 12 ethnic Albanians killed by Belgrade’s forces during the late 1990s war and buried in a mass grave near the Serbian town of Raska were repatriated to Kosovo.

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13 Oct 14 Islamist Graffiti at Kosovo Serb Monastery Sparks Anger

Politicians in Pristina and Belgrade condemned the spraypainting of Islamic State and Kosovo Liberation Army graffiti on the medieval Serbian Orthodox monastery of Visoki Decani.

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09 Oct 14 ‘No Bodies Found’ in Kosovo Mass Grave Search

A Kosovo official said no bodies were found near the town of Gjakove/Djakovica, where it was suspected that Serb prisoners killed by guerrillas during the 1990s war could be buried.

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09 Oct 14 EU Raps Balkans Over War Crimes Prosecutions

The latest EU progress report said that Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro and Serbia are still making unacceptably slow progress in prosecuting war crimes.

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08 Oct 14 Second Witness Changes Story in Kosovo Guerrilla Trial

Another witness in the trial of the Kosovo Liberation Army’s ‘Drenica Group’ cell, accused of assaulting wartime prisoners, has denied an earlier statement he made that incriminated the defendants.

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07 Oct 14 Kosovo Guerrilla Trial Witness Accuses EU Prosecutor

A witness told the trial of the Kosovo Liberation Army’s ‘Drenica Group’ cell, accused of assaulting wartime prisoners, that an EU prosecutor bribed him to falsify his statement.

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06 Oct 14 Kosovo to Probe Suspected Mass Grave of Serbs

The authorities will investigate the suspected mass grave near the town of Djakovica in Kosovo where Serbs killed by guerrillas during the late 1990s war could be buried.

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02 Oct 14 Two Kosovo Serbs Cleared of Wartime Rape Charges

The supreme court in Pristina acquitted two Kosovo Serbs who were charged with raping a 16-year-old ethnic Albanian girl during the war in April 1999.

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01 Oct 14 Kosovo Political Crisis Delays New War Crimes Court

While Kosovo remains without a government, the new special court to try Kosovo Liberation Army war crimes suspects cannot start work as planned in January, BIRN has learned.

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01 Oct 14 Judges Dismissed in Kosovo Politician Limaj’s Trial

Judges in the trial of guerrilla commander turned politician Fatmir Limaj and nine other ex-fighters accused of abuses at the wartime Klecka detention centre were disqualified after claims of bias.

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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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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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