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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.

Serbia wants its war crimes prepetrators jailed at home

Serbian Prime Minister Ivica Dacic on Tuesday asked UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to intervene to ensure that Serbs convicted by a UN war crimes court can serve their sentences in their own country. Belgrade is "ready to offer firm guarantees that the convicts will not be granted a premature release and without an adequate ruling of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY)," Dacic wrote in a letter to the secretary general.

Kosovo ex-minister goes on trial on corruption charges

Former Kosovo transport minister and six other defendants went on trial Monday on charges of involvement in organised crime and corruption that cost the state budget of two million euros ($2.6 mn). European prosecutor Johannes Pickert said that Fatmir Limaj and the other defendants had manipulated tender procedures, gave and received bribes and tampered with evidence in three tenders held by the transport and telecommunications ministry.

URGENT ¥¥¥ ICTY jails two former Bosnian Serb officials for 22 years

The Yugoslav war crimes court on Wednesday jailed two former Bosnian Serb officials for 22 years for their roles in a campaign to rid Bosnia of Muslims, Croats and other non-Serbs early in the Balkan country's bloody 1992-95 war. "The trial chamber hereby sentences Mico Stanisic" and his subordinate Stojan Zupljanin "to a single sentence of 22 years in prison," International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) judge Burton Hall said. ndy/jhe/cjo/jmm

UPDATE 2-Ex-Yugoslav army leader acquitted of war crimes

(Adds reactions, lawyer's comment, details) By Thomas Escritt THE HAGUE, Feb 28 (Reuters) - The former head of the Yugoslav army was acquitted on Thursday of charges of aiding and abetting atrocities committed in Bosnia and Croatia during the 1990s, in a ruling that was condemned by victims but welcomed by Serb officials.

URGENT ¥¥¥ UN court acquits Yugoslav army chief Perisic on appeal

A UN war crimes tribunal on Thursday acquitted Yugoslav ex-army chief Momcilo Perisic on appeal, and overturned his 27-year sentence for crimes during the bloody Balkan wars of the 1990s, including crimes against humanity. Judge Theodor Meron of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) appeals chamber ordered "the immediate release of Momcilo Perisic", a former right-hand man of deceased Serbian leader Slobodan Milosevic. jhe-cjo/mlr

Serb radicals protest leader's 10-year detention

Several thousand ultra-nationalists protested Sunday against the 10-year long detention of their leader, Vojislav Seselj, by a UN war crimes court, awaiting a verdict for his role in the 1990s Balkans wars. At the gathering of some 3,000 people, Seselj's Serbian Radical Party officials called for his release, while Seselj's legal adviser Zoran Krasic said the hardline leader was "denied all human rights" in The Hague. Seselj voluntarily surrendered to the Hague-based International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) on February 24, 2003.
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