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Prosecutor says former Kosovo prime minister is guilty of war crimes - International Herald Tribune

THE HAGUE, Netherlands: A prosecutor at the Yugoslav war crimes tribunal said Monday he had "overwhelmingly proved" that Kosovo's former prime minister and two other former Kosovo Liberation Army fighters were guilty of murder, torture, rape and persecution of Serb civilians and called for them to be imprisoned for 25 years.

A defense lawyer countered that there was no evidence of former Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj being involved in any of the crimes.

Presenting his closing arguments at the trial of Haradinaj, Idriz Balaj and Lahi Brahimaj, prosecutor David Re said at least 40 civilians -- mostly Serbs -- were murdered in 1998 in a region of Kosovo controlled by Haradinaj.

The killings, "could not have happened without Haradinaj's knowledge or his complicity," Re said.

Prosecutors "overwhelmingly proved the guilt of the three accused ... of the crimes charged," he said.

by Fran on Mon Jan 21st, 2008 at 11:27:20 PM EST
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