Hague Court Document Leak Scares Kosovo War Crimes Witnesses


Ethnic Albanians who agreed to testify as witnesses in cases against Kosovo Liberation Army fighters are frightened that their identities could have been revealed by a leak of documents from the Hague-based war crimes court.

It's been more than 21 years since Mehmet (not his real name), was detained and tortured by Kosovo Albanian guerrillas in a secret prison in the mountains of northern Albania. He was identified a traitor for supporting the guerillas’ political rivals, the Democratic League of Kosovo, in 1998 and 1999. He has already been interviewed twice by the Hague-based Kosovo Specialist Prosecutor’s Office about his torturers. He also agreed to testify as a protected witness in court at the Kosovo Specialist Chambers in The Hague, but does not want to be relocated outside Kosovo for his safety.

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