EU police Detain Kosovo war veterans’ leader, raid offices

PRISTINA, Kosovo — European Union safety authorities detained the leader of a Kosovar war veterans institution for obstruction of justice when officers withdrew its offices Friday, seemingly to find global prosecutors’ documents from a war crimes investigation the association stated it obtained anonymously.

Hosni Ducati was detained following an arrest warrant and move order with a pre-trial judge, according to a statement in the Specialist Prosecutor’s Office in the Hague-based Kosovo Specialist Chambers. The prosecutors were aided by police officers from the European Union Rule of Law Mission, or EULEX, and police.

A statement stated Ducati’s”arrest warrant was issued to the defendant for offenses against the administration of justice, specifically intimidation of witnesses, retaliation, and breach of secrecy of proceeding “

The pre-trial judge’s conclusion stated Ducati”made accessible to the websites private and non-public data and documents regarding the job of the Specialist Prosecutor’s Office, also made no exceptions when Nasim Haradinaj cited by name particular (possible ) witnesses and advised their location of residence and other private details… thereby exposing these people to possible dangers to their security.”

“Such disclosures are created with explicit indifference to safety dangers posed to (possible ) witnesses and to delegitimize the Specialist Prosecutor’s Office and the Specialist Chambers, he doesn’t comprehend,” it stated.

EULEX police stayed in the institution’s offices for approximately eight hours and court officials were spotted leaving and taking computers and files together.

Members of the veterans’ association, which represents the former ethnic Albanian separatists who fought Serbian troops at a 1998-1999 war for liberty, were prevented from moving into the institution’s offices.

Attorney Tome Gashi also stated that Gucati’s deputy, Nasim Haradinaj, denied being taken into custody by EULEX authorities and was arrested by Kosovar authorities.

Ducati has been moved to The Hague, in which a particular courtroom is investigating alleged crimes by members of the Kosovo Liberation Army, or KLA, during and after the Balkan country’s war.

“We are against this type of court. Full stop,” Haradinaj told journalists ahead of the arrest, calling Kosovo’s government and parliament to respond.

Neither Gucati nor Haradinaj was summoned before from the courtroom for questioning.

An Associated Press video journalist detected police officers telling people to steer away from the entry.

Before this week, the war veterans group said that for the third time in 2 weeks an unidentified person had supplied war crime documents from The Hague investigation. The specialists said they’d make the documents public.

Professional Prosecutor’s Office spokesman Christopher Bennett explained that releasing the records could be”undermining the correct administration of justice” and also making them public proved to be a criminal act.

Former Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj, an ex-commander from the Kosovo Liberation Army, composed on Facebook that”there is not any good reason for surgeries or storming because everybody will respond willingly to justice”

Haradinaj himself was double prosecuted and acquitted in a different global war crimes court at The Hague.

On Thursday, The Hague-based court detained a former KLA commander on fees such as torture of detainees and the murder of a single captive held in a chemical in Kosovo. He had been carried to the court’s detention center in the Netherlands.

A pretrial judge has not decided on whether to proceed with their situation.

Thaci said there was not any demand for magnificent actions because no possible defendant would escape prosecution. Leaking of this war crime documents” has ruined the image of the Kosovo state and also the rights of the possible suspect,” he explained.

“The entire world understands that Kosovo is a sufferer. The KLA and the whole Kosovar people confronted genocide and ethnic cleansing,” he explained in a statement.

The 1998-1999 war for Kosovo’s independence from Serbia leftover 10,000 people dead — many of them ethnic Albanians out of Kosovo, and over 1,600 people remain unaccounted for.

Kosovo, that will be dominated by ethnic Albanians, declared independence from Serbia in 2008, a movement recognized by several Western countries but not Serbia or its allies Russia and China.