Prosecution seeks 25 years for KLA commanders 15 Jan 2008
In its Final Trial Brief before the ICTY in the Haradinaj case, the Prosecution has sought 25 years' imprisonment for the former Prime Minister of Kosovo, Ramush Haradinaj, and his two co-accused.

Ramush Haradinaj (right)The Prosecution in the Haradinaj et al. case has asked the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) to impose 25-year prison sentences for Ramush Haradinaj, Idriz Balaj and Lahi Brahimaj for their role in the murders of Albanian, Serb and Roma civilians in 1998.

In its Final Trial Brief made public on 15 January, the Prosecution asserts that it has proven that the three former Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) commanders “participated enthusiastically” in a joint criminal enterprise and are guilty of both crimes against humanity and violations of the laws or customs of war.

In 1998, according to the Prosecution, members of the KLA conducted a vicious campaign of persecution in the Dukagjini area in which “at least 40 civilians were murdered because of their ethnicity, religion and political beliefs”. At least 17 of those victims were allegedly tortured. In its concluding remarks, the Prosecution (which rested its case in November 2007) asserted that “the nexus between the armed conflict and the crimes” was conclusive.

The defence teams of the three accused have notified the Trial Chamber that they did not intend to call any evidence to refute the Prosecution case, claiming that in their opinions the Prosecution had failed to prove any of the charges.

The closing arguments for both the Prosecution and the Defence are scheduled for 21, 22 and 23 January 2008.

Prosecution's Final Trial Brief

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