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6 November 2020 – KSC arrests and transfers Krasniqi to Hague; Thaci resigns due to KSC charges; and Gicheru appears before ICC

Kosovo Specialist Chambers (KSC). Photo: politika.rs via Bing.
Kosovo Specialist Chambers (KSC). Photo: politika.rs via Bing.

Kosovo Specialist Chambers (KSC) arrests Jakup Krasniqi on war crimes and CAH; transferred to The Hague: On 4 November 2020, the Specialist Prosecutor’s Office (SPO) of the Kosovo Specialist Chambers (KSC) arrested Jakup Krasniqi and transferred him to the Detention Facilities of the KSC in The Hague.

On 24 April 2020, the SPO filed an indictment against Mr Krasniqi for the war crimes of illegal or arbitrary arrest and detention, cruel treatment, torture, and murder, and the crimes against humanity of persecution, imprisonment, other inhumane acts, torture, murder, and enforced disappearance of persons. The SPO alleged that Mr Krasniqi committed these crimes while he served in various capacities in the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA), including as a member of the KLA Political Directorate, during the war in Kosovo between March 1998 and September 1999.

On 26 October 2020, a Pre-Trial Judge confirmed the indictment against Mr Krasniqi and three other KLA members – Kadri Veseli, Rexhep Selimi, and Hashim Thaçi. The public redacted version of the confirmed indictment was released on 4 November 2020. (KSC Press Release)

 

Kosovo’s President resigns to answer charges before KSC: On 5 November 2020, Hashim Thaçi resigned as President of Kosovo to face war crimes and crimes against humanity charges against him at the Kosovo Specialist Chambers (KSC) in The Hague. In his resignation announcement, Mr Thaçi stated that he was resigning “to protect the integrity of the presidency of Kosovo.” Later that same day, he was transferred to the Detention Facilities of the KSC.

On 24 April 2020, the Specialist Prosecutor’s Office (SPO) of the KSC filed an indictment against Mr Thaçi for the war crimes of illegal or arbitrary arrest and detention, cruel treatment, torture, and murder, and the crimes against humanity of persecution, imprisonment, other inhumane acts, torture, murder, and enforced disappearance of persons. The SPO alleged that Mr Thaçi committed these crimes while he served as a commander in the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) during the war in Kosovo between March 1998 and September 1999.

On 26 October 2020, a Pre-Trial Judge confirmed the indictment against Mr Thaçi and three other KLA members – Kadri Veseli, Rexhep Selimi, and Jakup Krasniqi. The public redacted version of the confirmed indictment was released on 4 November 2020. (The Guardian, KSC Press Release)

 

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ICC accused, Paul Gicheru. Photo: ICC via Flickr.

ICC holds Paul Gicheru’s initial appearance: On 6 November 2020, the initial appearance of Paul Gicheru in The Prosecutor v. Paul Gicheru and Philip Kokoech Bett case took place at the International Criminal Court (ICC) before Judge Reine Alapini-Gansou of Pre-Trial Chamber A. Mr Gicheru appeared via video-link from the ICC Detention Centre.

During the initial appearance, Mr Gicheru represented himself and confirmed that he signed a waiver for legal assistance, limited to this appearance. Mr Gicheru was also informed of the charges against him, which include offenses against the administration of justice in the Kenya Situation, specifically corruptly influencing witnesses. Mr Gicheru pleaded not guilty.

On 10 March 2015, the arrest warrant against Mr Gicheru and Philip Kipkoech Bett was issued under seal, and was unsealed on 10 September 2015. On 2 November 2020, Mr Gicheru surrendered himself to Dutch authorities and was transferred into ICC custody on 3 November. (ICC Media Advisory, Initial Appearance Video)

 

Post by: Marissa Kardon Weber

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