Quint countries call on the Government and Assembly of Kosovo to oppose attempts to undermine the Specialist Chambers

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The embassies of the Quint countries called on the Government and Assembly of Kosovo today to oppose any attempts to undermine or discredit the Kosovo Specialist Chambers and the Specialist Chambers Prosecution Office and to ensure that they can carry out their mission.

The Embassies of France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, and the United States also commended the Speaker of the Assembly, Vjosa Osmani – who forwarded the constitutional amendment proposal of the President to the Constitutional Court of the Specialist Chambers in The Hague – “for respecting the authority of the SPO to investigate the potential illegal disclosure of confidential documents and information.”

According to Pristina media, the Speaker of the Kosovo Assembly addressed the President of the Specialist Chambers, Ekaterina Trendafilova regarding the Kosovo President Hashim Thaci’s amendment to extend the mandate of the Specialist Chambers with a request to forward the proposed amendment to the Constitutional Court.

On August 24th, the President of Kosovo, Hashim Thaci asked the members of the Assembly of Kosovo to extend the mandate of the Specialist Chambers and the Specialist Prosecutor’s Office.

Immediately afterward, a message arrived from this court saying that there is no need for such a move because the mandate of the Specialist Chambers will end when the Council of the European Union informs the Kosovo institutions that all proceedings have been completed.

The joint message of the Quint countries arrived in the same week when, according to representatives of the Association of KLA Veterans, the second batch of documents that were allegedly leaked from the Specialist Chambers were delivered to this association.

Last week, this association confirmed that it received a total of 4,000 documents, which also contain the names of witnesses of the Specialist Chambers. They also said that the documents were taken by representatives of the Specialist Chambers.

While the Specialist Prosecutor’s Office, which is investigating the alleged war crimes of the „KLA“, refuses to comment on anything related to the case of the alleged leak of thousands of documents containing the names of witnesses, the Kosovo Special Prosecutor’s Office confirmed in a press release that the Hague Prosecutor’s Office is investigating the case.

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