Indictment filed against Kosovo president

The Office of the Special Prosecutor in the Hague said on Wednesday it had filed an indictment against Kosovo President Hashim Thaci and nine other former guerrillas for war crimes and crimes against humanity, including nearly 100 murders, torture and enforced disappearances, news wires reported.

The indictment is “the result of a lengthy investigation and reflects the Special Prosecutor’s Office determination that it can prove all of the charges beyond a reasonable doubt,” the SPO said in a statement. The accusations linked to the Kosovo's independence war against Serbia in 1998-1999 have to be confirmed by a judge at the Kosovo Specialist Chambers before formal charges are announced. Thaci denies all charges.

The Special Prosecutor's Office (SPO) said that it had filed a 10-count indictment with the KSC "for consideration". It has not released details about the alleged war crimes. "The Indictment is only an accusation. It is the result of a lengthy investigation and reflects the SPO's determination that it can prove all of the charges beyond a reasonable doubt," it said.

The indictment comes mere days before Thaci’s travel to Washington on US President Donald Trump’s invitation for talks with Serbian President Alexander Vucic on the future of Kosovo-Serbia ties. But now he has cancelled the trip.

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