Kosovo President Thaci Faces War Crimes Indictment

Top KLA figure criminally responsible for nearly 100 murders

Kosovo President Hashim Thaci’s planned visit to the US has been called off, at least for now, as a prosecutor in The Hague has accused him and several other officials of war crimes, which include “nearly 100 murders” as well as torture and disappearances, on top of efforts to obstruct the Special Prosecutor’s Office.

Accusations of misdeeds by Thaci are well documented going back years, and he was accused of having deep ties to organized crime by German intelligence. The US needed a justification for the war against Serbia at the time, however, and Thaci was the political director of the KLA at the time. His facilitation of the US-led attack earned him the first Kosovar Premiership, the presidency, and a shield of immunity that long seemed impenetrable.

The Hague’s Kosovo Specialist Chambers (KSC) says that Thaci is at this point the subject of indictments for both war crimes and crimes against humanity, and faults him for trying to undermine the world of the courts. The KSC was established in 2011 to examine allegations of Thaci’s involvement in drug, gun, and human organ trafficking.

Thaci has denied all wrongdoing, and has threatened to sue a Swiss member of the Council of Europe for the report which started the investigations in the first place. During his visit to the US he was meant to prepare for more talks with Serbia, which still does not recognize the NATO-imposed independence of Kosovo.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is Senior Editor for Antiwar.com. He has 20 years of experience in foreign policy research and his work has appeared in The American Conservative, Responsible Statecraft, Forbes, Toronto Star, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Providence Journal, Washington Times, and the Detroit Free Press.