Kosovo President Thaci Resigns After War Crimes Indictment


Kosovo President Hashim Thaci resigned with immediate effect on Thursday after learning that a war crimes tribunal in The Hague had confirmed his indictment for war crimes.

Thaci told a news conference in the Kosovo capital Pristina that he felt his resignation was necessary “to protect the integrity of the state,” because the judge at the Kosovo Specialist Chamber would not allow him to appear as president. The prosecutors are holding the former president responsible for nearly 100 civilian murders during the 1998-1999 war. Thaci denies any wrongdoing. According to Amnesty International, Thaci’s indictment gave hope to thousands of victims of the war “who have waited for more than two decades to find out the truth about the horrific crimes committed against them and their loved ones.”

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