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EU to set up international court for Kosovo war crimes

The European Union said on Saturday it plans to set up an international court in Kosovo to deal with alleged crimes committed by ethnic-Albanian guerrillas during the war with Serbia. "The EU is not proposing to establish a tribunal, but rather a specialist court within the Kosovo court system," the bloc's Pristina office said in a statement sent to AFP. "This court would have a seat in Kosovo, but sensitive proceedings, including hearing of witnesses, would take place outside of the country in view of the nature of the allegations," the EU said.

Snowden, Ashton, Kosovo and Serb PMs proposed for Nobel

Fugitive NSA contractor Edward Snowden, top EU diplomat Catherine Ashton and the premiers of Kosovo and Serbia were proposed for this year's Nobel peace award by European Greens and Socialist leaders Friday. Snowden, currently in hiding in Russia, was officially named by the Greens group in the European Parliament in honour of "his contribution to the protection of our universal rights, including the right to privacy and freedom of expression".

EU prosecutor charges 15 Kosovo ex-rebels for war crimes

The EU justice mission on Friday charged 15 former Kosovo rebel fighters for alleged war crimes including murder and torture.

Kosovo rebel turned MP cleared of war crimes

A EU-led court on Tuesday acquitted a top ethnic Albanian guerrilla commander-turned-politician of war crimes during the 1998-1999 Kosovo conflict, saying the evidence of the key prosecution witness was "wholly unreliable". British judge Malcolm Simons, who chaired the court panel, said Fatmir Limaj and nine other former members of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) were found not guilty of war crimes against the civilian population and prisoners of war.

Five Kosovo ex-guerrillas arrested in war crimes probe

Police on Thursday arrested five ethnic Albanian former guerrillas suspected of war crimes against civilians during the 1998-99 conflict in Kosovo, the EU rule of law mission said. The five were members of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA), the guerrilla group that fought the armed forces of then Serbian strongman Slobodan Milosevic during the war. "The five individuals are investigated for war crimes against the civilian population... held in a KLA detention centre," the EU mission known as EULEX said in a statement. EULEX did not identify the suspects.

Kosovo ex-rebel now MP goes on retrial for war crimes

A top ethnic Albanian guerrilla commander turned-politician and his nine associates on Thursday went on retrial for war crimes committed during the 1998-1999 Kosovo war. Fatmir Limaj pleaded not guilty to the charges of torture and killing of ethnic Serb and Albanian civilians at a detention centre in the central Kosovo village of Klecka. Limaj, currently a lawmaker from Prime Minister Hashim Thaci's Democratic Party of Kosovo (PDK), was the commander of the centre.

Talks to bolster Kosovo's ruling coalition collapse

* PM Thaci's parliament majority increasingly shaky * Report says early election likely this year By Fatos Bytyci PRISTINA, Feb 4 (Reuters) - Negotiations to shore up Kosovo's shaky coalition government by enlisting the support of a former guerilla commander have broken down, officials said on Monday, raising the prospect of a snap election.
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