Haradinaj, Ramush

Ramush HaradinajRamush Haradinaj was one of the most senior leaders of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) during the 1998-99 conflict with Serb forces. Haradinaj had overall command of the KLA forces in the Dukagijn operational zone, located to the west of Priština. He was initially indicted on 4 March 2005 while he was Prime Minister of Kosovo – a position he had held since 3 December 2004. On 8 March 2005, Haradinaj resigned as Prime Minister and the following day voluntarily surrendered himself to the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY).

Haradinaj was indicted with Idriz Balaj and Lahi Brahimaj charged with 18 counts of crimes against humanity and 19 counts of violations of the laws or customs of war for crimes committed by KLA forces from 24 March 1998. The alleged crimes included harassment, deportation or forcible transfer of civilians, imprisonment, torture, murders, rape, abduction and cruel treatment.

On 14 March 2005, Haradinaj pleaded not guilty to all charges against him. On 3 April 2008, the ICTY Trial Chamber I acquitted Ramush Haradinaj of all charges.


The Appeals Judgement in this case was rendered on 21 July 2010.

The Appeals Chamber quashed the acquittal of Ramush Haradinaj and ordered a partial re-trial of the case. An order was issued to bring the accused back to the detention unit.


On 8 December Trial Chamber II granted Ramush Haradinaj provisional release.


On 21 January 2011 Trial Chamber II issued the revised fourth amendment indictment for the partial retrial, dropping the charges of crimes against humanity.


Kosovo journalist found guilty of contemptPros. v. R. Haradinaj et al.: Decision on Stay, 16-12-2005
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