Former President of the Kosovo Assembly, Jakup Krasniqi has been summed for interrogation by the Special Prosecution for War Crimes of the KLA.
Krasniqi announced today on his Facebook profile that the questioning is scheduled for July 24th. He, however, did not announce in what capacity he will be questioned.
He said he will respond to the call even though this court „was ultimately conceived in Belgrade with defamations and lies, and with the motive and purpose of compromising and incriminating a just war.“
„This will not be the first time that I stand before the investigators and give answers to the questions raised by the Serbian authorities,“ he added.
During the war in 1999, Krasniqi played the role of spokesman and member of the KLA Chief of Staff.
Apart from Krasniqi, who is the former president of the Kosovo Assembly, Kosovo Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj, as he confirmed yesterday, will appear unexpectedly – as it seemed both yesterday and today – before the investigating authorities of the Hague Tribunal.
Haradinaj irrevocably resigned yesterday after a government meeting, saying that he made this decision after receiving a call from the Special Prosecutor’s Office in the Hague.
„I announced that I have resigned as prime minister of Kosovo at a government meeting. The reason behind this is a summons I received from the Special Court for Kosovo in the Hague to be questioned as a suspect. I wanted to separate this situation from the honor of my country and the honor of the Prime Minister. The Kosovo Prime Minister and the state of Kosovo will not appear before the court, but Ramush Haradinaj will but as – Ramush Haradinaj,” he said.
The reactions of Kosovo politicians arrived shortly after the former president of the Kosovo assembly announced on Facebook that he would be questioned in the Hague.
Social Democratic Initiative leader Fatmir Limaj said that Krasniqi would know once again how to „defend the justified KLA fight.“
He added that there is no alternative except to face the facts „against the defamation of the enemies of Kosovo, since the court was established by the Kosovo Assembly“.
The Deputy Prime Minister from the PDK party, Enver Hoxhaj also reacted, saying they are standing with Jakup Krasniqi and Bislim Zyrapin, adviser to the Kosovo President, as they are questioned as suspects in the Hague on August 4th, Koha reported.
„There is only one victim of the crime that happened in Kosovo and there is only one aggressor. There is only one KLA that fought justly. Yesterday, today and tomorrow we are standing with Jakup Krasniqi and Bislim Zyrapin who will, as always, testify to a clean war,“ said Hoxhaj.
KoSSev: The Special War Crimes Court in Kosovo has questioned several members of the KLA since November of last year. Read about the recent activities of this court below:
The Special War Crimes Court in Kosovo has questioned several members of the KLA since November of last year. Read about the recent activities of this court below:
1. A former LDD deputy, Ghani Geci was questioned at the beginning of November at an unknown location in Kosovo. As he himself stated, he will be a witness for five murders before the court in the Hague.
2. A former commander of the „KLA Operational Zone“ in Lab and a former MP of the Kosovo Assembly, Rustem Mustafa-Remi was questioned on January 14th in the Hague. He was not told in what capacity he will be questioned. Attorney – Arianit Koci.
3. A former member of the KLA, Astrit Shabani is serving a 20 years-long prison sentence in prison in Dubrava for the murder of 4 Roma and one Albanian. The Special Prosecutor’s Office questioned him in prison on December 8th, as Pristina media reported, on suspicion of killing a Serb and two Roma.
4. The former president of the „Military Court of the Kosovo Liberation Army“, Sokol Dobruna was summoned by the Special Court for questioning in Pristina on December 12th. As the Pristina media reported, it was not initially shown in what capacity he would be questioned. During the interrogation in the Hague on December 13-14, however, as Dobruna himself stated, he saw that it read that he was a witness, but on the basis of the questions they asked him he also cannot rule out the possibility that he is a suspect.
5. The former „chief of the KLA military police in the operational zone of Lab“ Nazif Mehmeti, Captain Dini was summoned by the Special Court to appear at a hearing on January 22-24 in the Hague. He was not told in what capacity he would be questioned. Attorney – Tahir Rrecay.
6. The former KLA commander and a member of the so-called „Drenic group“, Sami Lushtaku was called to appear at a hearing on January 14th in the Hague. He was not told in what capacity he would be questioned. Attorney – Arianit Koci.
7. The commander of „Red Apple“ and „commander of the special unit of the KLA Main Staff“, Remzi Shala, was called to appear at a hearing on January 17thin the Hague. He was not told in what capacity he would be questioned. He stated that he would „not surrender“ or respond to the call. Attorney – Natal Bulakaj. In the meantime, the news arrived that Shala had “disappeared with no trace”.
8. “Colonel of the KLA, part of the Pastrik operative zone“, Safet Sula was summoned by the Special Court for a December 12thhearing in Pristina. As he stated himself, he was called as a witness. He was questioned at the same time as Sokol Dobruna.
9. A former „KLA“ operative in the „Operational Zone Pastrik“, Sabahajdin Cena received a call to appear at a hearing on 14th
10. The former chief of the KLA, Sylejman Selimi received a call for a hearing in the Hague on January 9th. He did not respond to the call due to his „declining health,“ but was then questioned in Pristina on February 6th. He is currently on parole from serving a prison sentence for committing war crimes against the civilian population.
11. Raimonda Reci, the first female KLA member to receive a call from the Special Court in the Hague. The call was delivered to her at the beginning of December, and she stated that she was invited to testify as a witness.
12. Ismet Tara, better known as „Commander Hoxha,“ received a call on December 20th. Tara was questioned as a suspect in the Hague on February 17th, and the interrogation lasted for several days.
13. A former KLA commander in the Pastrik area, Naser Krasniqi was questioned for two days in Pristina, his lawyer Florin Vertopin announced on January 18th.
14. Nazif Mehmeti, a former chief of the KLA military police in the operational zone of Lab, was questioned as a suspect in Pristina on January 22nd and 23rd.
15. A former KLA member, Faton Mehmetaj was questioned on February 4th in the Hague. It is not known in what capacity Mehmetaj was questioned.
16. Mahir Hasani was summoned for questioning on February 11th in the Hague, the Pristina-based Insajderi reported, which was denied by Hasani himself.
17. Lahi Ibrahimaj, a KLA general from Metohija (Dukagjin), confirmed on February 11th that he was summoned by the Specialized Council and announced that he would be questioned by the prosecutor. He refused to say when he would be questioned and in what capacity.
18. Isuf Gashi was questioned by the Office of the Special Prosecutor on February 20th as a witness.
19. Pjeter Shala, better known as the „Commander Wolf,“ was questioned as a suspect in Brussels. This news was announced by Shala on February 21st, but he did not specify when he was questioned, only saying that it happened „a few days ago.“
20. Blerim Kuci, a member of the Alliance for the Future of Kosovo, originally confirmed that he would be questioned on March 12th. He said he would „fulfill his obligation“ and respond to the court. Kuci did not explain in what capacity he was summoned by the Special Court, but asked the media not to contact him with additional requests. In the meantime, the Zeri portal has reported that it is expected that Kuci will be questioned at the Hague on April 7th.
21. Osman Karpuzi, a former member of the KLA, confirmed last month that he was summoned for questioning to the Hague trial on March 13th and March 14th.
22. Bashkim Ndrecaj, a former member of the KLA from Suva Reka received a call from the Special Court on March 13th. He was questioned on May 22nd. Ndrecaj confirmed that he was questioned as a suspect. He also said he defended himself with silence.
23. Salih Lajci, commander of the 136th brigade of the KLA, was questioned on March 14th, the „Association of War Veterans of the KLA“ from Pec reported, not specifying in what capacity.
24. Enver Shala, a former KLA representative in Germany received the call to be questioned as a witness in the Hague where he was staying with Ismet Tara, who was questioned there as a suspect.
25. A former member of the KLA whose kidney was removed in Tirana and whose identity is known to Klan Kosova TV, was questioned in March in EULEX’s offices in Pristina.
26. Rahim Hashim, a former member of the Delta Command Forces of the 138th Brigade of the KLA, received the Special Court’s call and will appear on the April 9th hearing in the Hague as a suspect. Hashimi was arrested by the Kosovo police in May on suspicion of committing criminal offenses „loan-sharking“, „coercion“ and „fraud“ with an organized criminal group, however, while unlike the four arrested in the „Talas“ police action, Hashimi was released immediately after the arrest.
27. Mendim Dhaka – Sharri, a former commander of a special unit of the „General Staff of the KLA“, as Gazeta Express reported on May 13th, travelled to the Hague at the invitation of the Special Court.
28. Flamur Hoti, a former member of the KLA, as he himself confirmed, was summoned by the Special Court on May 28th. It is not known whether he was questioned and in what capacity.
29. Shukri Buja, a former KLA commander for the Nerodimlje zone and former Mayor of Lipljan, as he himself confirmed for Gazeta Express, will be questioned on July 17th in the Hague as a suspect of war crimes committed in the territory of Kosovo.
30. Ramiz Qeriqin, known as the „Lion Commander“, was questioned on July 9 in Pristina as a suspect, as he confirmed. He told the media that he could not travel to the Hague because he did not have a passport because he was on the INTERPOL wanted list, so he was allowed to be questioned at the EULEX office in Pristina.
31. Naim Maloku, an adviser to Kosovo Prime Minister, Ramush Haradinaj, and former head of the Kosovo Liberation Army, announced on July 10 that he was summoned to the Hague in the capacity of a witness.
32. Ramush Haradinaj, who served as prime minister at that time, announced on July 19th that he received a summons from the Office of the Special Prosecutor and that he would appear in Hague as a suspect.
33. Bislim Zyrapi, an adviser to Kosovo President and former KLA Chief of Staff, was summoned by the Special Court as a suspect. The hearing is, as he himself confirmed for Kosovo media, scheduled for August 4th.
34. Sokol Bashoten, as well as a group of former members of the KLA from Prizren, will be questioned in Hague, the president of the former KLA members, Hysni Gucati, confirmed for Insajderi. The date when they will be questioned is still unknown.
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