Kosovo president leaves to face war crimes charges

PRISTINA, Kosovo — Kosovo’s President Hashim Thaci, a guerrilla leader throughout Kosovo’s war for independence from Serbia in the 1990s, resigned Thursday to face charges for war crimes and crimes against humanity in a particular court based in The Hague.

Thaci announced his resignation in a press conference on Thursday in Pristina, Kosovo’s capital. He explained he had been taking the measure” to guard the integrity of this presidency of Kosovo.”

Thaci was indicted with a particular Kosovo court based in The Hague, Netherlands, that was put up to try out the alleged offenses of former ethnic Albanian rebel leaders.

A spokesman for the prosecutor at The Hague told The Associated Press he had no comment on Thaci’s statement.

Thaci is just one of many politicians who’ve been indicted for crimes that include murder, enforced disappearances, persecution, and torture.

One of them can be a former parliament speaker, Kadri Veseli, that also said that he’s been issued an indictment with a pre-trial judge which he intended to go to The Hague on Thursday.

Precise details of this 10-count indictment from Thaci, Veseli, and many others haven’t been published. Announcing the occurrence of this indictment before this season, the Specialist Prosecutor’s Office alleged that Thaci and many others were”criminally accountable for almost 100 murders.”

At the moment, the prosecutor’s office said that it made the presence of this indictment public due to what it called continued attempts by Thaci and Veseli” to block and sabotage” the job of the courtroom and stated they had been believed to have attempted to overthrow the Kosovo legislation which created the courtroom.

The creation of this court and prosecutor’s office followed a 2011 report from the Council of Europe, a human rights body, which included allegations that KLA fighters trafficked human organs obtained from prisoners and murdered Serbs and fellow ethnic Albanians.

The court is mandated to investigate and prosecute allegations of war crimes and crimes against humanity in Kosovo, or connected into the Kosovo battle, from 1998-2000.

In 2008, Kosovo declared its autonomy from Serbia, something which Serbia hasn’t recognized.