Kosovo president demite after being charged with crimes

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The President of Kosovo Hashim Thaci has resigned this Thursday after an investigating judge of the Special Court for Kosovo, based in Hague, confirm your imputation by war crimes. Thaci led the Kosovar Albanian guerrillas that fought Serbian forces in the late 1990s.

“I will not permit appear in court as president, and I resign today to protect the integrity of the State, “Thaci said at a press conference in Pristina. The leader intends to travel to The Hague to surrender voluntarily and defend his innocence in court. No accusation” can distort history “because Serbia was” the aggressor “and Kosovo” the victim “in the conflict, he stressed.

During his appearance, Thaci has also asked “caution“to all Kosovar political forces so as not to cause a crisis in the country,” which has no time to lose and must keep calm“.” Today more than ever I ask and encourage you not to lose hope. We have achieved freedom and independence, and now we develop the State, “he added.

10 counts

According to the prosecution’s indictment, Thaci faces 10 counts from crimes against humanity Y war crimes, including murder, enforced disappearance of persons, persecution and torture.

The President of the Kosovo Assembly, Vjosa Osmani, will assume the position of president of the country in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution.

In addition to Thaci’s, the court has also confirmed the accusation against the leader of the Kosovo Democratic Party, Kadri Veseli, a former commander of the Kosovar Albanian guerrilla.

The Special Court for Kosovo It was created to try those responsible for war crimes and crimes against humanity allegedly committed by members of the former Kosovo Albanian guerilla of the Kosovo Liberation Army between 1998 and 2000, during the conflict with the Serbian security forces.

Kosovo declared its independence of Serbia unilaterally in 2008 and around a hundred countries have recognized its sovereignty, including the US and most of the EU countries, with the exception of Spain.

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