The Kosovo Specialist Chambers announced today that it added six new judges to the roster. This announcement arrived in the midst of the public expectation of the first indictments being confirmed in the Hague for crimes committed in Kosovo, but also amid the upheaval caused by the alleged leak of thousands of files from the court to the offices of former KLA members. The alleged files were also leaked to the media today.
The Specialist Chambers are yet to react to the drafts of the first indictments issued against Hashim Thaci and Kadri Veseli. The deadline for their confirmation expires in October.
There is also no reacton to the three-week-long affair related to the possible leakage of thousands of files from this court, brought by a „guest“ to the offices of former KLA members. The files were reportedly taken from the same court which has been operating far from the eyes of the public and with special protective measures.
Still, the Kosovo Specialist Chamber, announced that six new judges were appointed to the roster of international judges, thus confirming that it had resumed with its normal activities.
The newly appointed judges include Gilbert Bitti (France), Daniel Fransen (Belgium), Fergal M. Gaynor (Ireland), Romina Incutti (Italy), Nina H.B. Jørgensen (Norway), and Roumen H. Nenkov (Bulgaria).
They will be joining the 17 judges currently on the roster of the Specialist Chambers.
Furthermore, as this court announced today, Antonio Balsamo and Nenkov were specifically appointed to serve as judges on the Specialist Chambers of the Constitutional Court, while Incutti was appointed to serve as a reserve judge of the SCCC. Per his request, Judge Roland Dekkers is no longer a judge of the SCCC, but remains on the roster, allowing him to be assigned to any other Chamber other than the SCCC – the Kosovo Specialist Chambers added.
“President Trendafilova warmly welcomed the new judges and stated that she looks forward to working together with them and the other judges on the roster toward the efficient and effective fulfillment of the mandate of the KSC,” the KSC said in a statement.
Meanwhile, the third batch of alleged documents from the Specialist Prosecutor’s Office in The Hague was delivered today to the offices of the „KLA War Veterans Association“ in Pristina. On the same day, the well-known Albanian TV station „Top Channel“ claimed to have received the same files which allegedly arrived straight from the Specialist Chambers.
According to the “KLA War Veterans Association,” in the past 15 days, unknown persons delivered to them several thousand documents that were allegedly leaked from the Specialist Prosecutor’s Office.
The SPO refused to comment on the case, while the Specialist Prosecutor’s Office of Kosovo confirmed that their colleagues from The Hague were conducting an investigation.
According to the Kosovo media reports, the investigators of the SPO also reclaimed the third batch of documents from the „KLA War Veterans Association“.
The president of this association, Hysni Gucati said at a press conference today that the investigators of the Specialist Chambers took the files that arrived in the offices of this association earlier today.
He also reiterated his previous claims that the investigators allegedly „admitted that the documents came from the Specialist Prosecutor’s Office“.
The association’s lawyer, Tome Gashi said the documentation was original and related to a criminal investigation. He also added that the police and the prosecution were not involved with the documents being delivered to the offices of the “KLA War Veterans Association.”
The alleged documents were also published by some media outlets. Top Channel published a part of the reported documents, claiming they were the original. This TV station also announced that it will do the same in the coming days.
„We received a complete file marked as confidential, which has over 260 pages, from a source in the Specialist Prosecutor’s Office in The Hague. This file forms the basis for an indictment by the Specialist Prosecutor. Top Channel will not publish any names or details that would identify the witnesses of the indictment of the Specialist Chambers mentioned in this file,“ Top Channel reported.
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