“The Washington process is still moving but if Thaci is not going, I cannot see Vucic going to meet Hoti,” British journalist and publicist, Tim Judah told KoSSev. According to Judah, the timing of the announcement of Thaci and Veseli’s indictments may be indicative. His gut feeling says that the prosecutors were “spooked” that what might be agreed in Washington might include something that may lead to the closing of the Specialist Chambers.
The Kosovo Special Prosecutor announced today that it filed an indictment with the Kosovo Specialist Chambers against Kosovo President, Hashim Thaci, and the President of the PDK and one of the most influential politicians in Kosovo – Kadri Veseli and other persons whose names have not been announced. According to the indictment, they are charged with “a range of crimes against humanity and war crimes, including murder, enforced disappearance of persons, persecution, and torture.“
The Court’s announcement arrives just ahead of Thaci’s departure for Washington, where he would be accompanied by Avdullah Hoti at the Rose Garden to meet the Serbian delegation led by the Serbian President, Aleksandar Vucic on 27th June.
The Kosovo President, however, has just canceled his Washington trip, confirmed by both Richard Grennell and himself.
Judah said that Vucic now does not have an equal with whom to talk.
I think the charges are the equivalent of Thaci having his legs cut off and now Vucic does not have an equal with whom to talk and deal.
If Vucic does not go to the US on the 27th, then the Washington thing is over surely – he added. According to Judah, if Vucic sends Brnabic, as she is “the equal of Hoti”, then whatever the result of the meeting will have “much less political importance.”
“If Brnabic goes then I think whatever the result it will have much less political importance. Hoti is very weak and Brnabic is an outgoing PM,” he underlined.
If an agreement is reached in such circumstances, Judah noted, it would not be a deal between two strong leaders determined and able to “push everything through.”
When asked to comment on the indictment itself and the timing the Special Prosecutor decided to reveal Thaci and Veseli as the accused, Judah said:
“I have no proof but my gut feeling is that the prosecutors were spooked that part of what might be agreed might include something leading to the closing of the court. That is logical but I have no proof.”
Judah also recalled the fact that the indictments were issued as early as April.
“Also charges were laid in April – two months ago so why did they announce now?”
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