Hague Court Document Leak Scares Kosovo War Crimes Witnesses

10/8/2020

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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