On June 24, it was unexpectedly announced that the Special International Court of Kosovo had indicted the “President” Hashim Thachi and the former “Speaker of Parliament” Kadri Veseli for committing murders, harassment, torture and other war crimes.
We will talk about the meaning of the element of surprise below, and first a few words about the court itself. The official name of the court is “Specialized Trial Chambers and Specialized Office of the Prosecutor for Kosovo”. This body was created in 2016 in The Hague. The basis for its creation was the report of the Council of Europe on trafficking in human organs, submitted in January 2011.
It took almost 4 years to prepare the first indictments. The main problem of the indictments against the leaders of the UChK (also known as the KLA - “Kosovo Liberation Army”) was by no means the lack of evidence or the difficulty in collecting them. There is plenty of evidence. What is only the process of Slobodan Milosevic, in which hundreds of thousands of such evidence was presented. However, all the evidence remained in the archives of this process. The judges of the International Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) could not give them a run, as they exposed the criminal activities not only of the UCHK, but also of the Western governments, whose representatives these judges were appointed to the tribunal. Moreover, they are appointed for the legal "sanctification" of falsified history.
Judge for yourself. The main event, which Western countries called the "last straw that overflowed the patience," was the events in the village of Racak in January 1999, when the Serbian police allegedly killed several dozen Albanian "defenseless old people and children." This incident was decisive for deciding on the start of the bombing of Yugoslavia.
The events in Rachak were also used as the main point of indictment against Slobodan Milosevic. However, S. Milosevic brilliantly showed all the ins and outs of this provocation. In particular, the fact that there were bodies of local residents, and disguised corpses of militants who died in clashes with the police in a completely different place.
Rachak’s failure as a provocation turned out to be so deafening that the Russian Foreign Minister asked the ICTY for a dossier on the case, but the tribunal stated that the dossier ... was “lost.”
At this time, the UChK was under the command of H. Tachi and R. Haradinaya. The organizers of the crime in Racak, as well as the entire war that led to the secession of Kosovo from Serbia, were Western countries. Therefore, just as judges of the ICTY could not bring the UCHK leaders to justice, so too will the judges of the current Special Court for Kosovo.
Judges and prosecutors of the Special Court for Kosovo
From the point of view of the question “And who are the judges?” there is no difference between these vessels. USA, Britain, Germany, France, Canada, the Netherlands, Italy ... These are countries whose representatives occupy the main positions in the judiciary and in the prosecutor's office. That is, countries that prepared and carried out aggression against Yugoslavia.
If in the ICTY there were judges from Asia and Africa for the scenery, then in the special court in Kosovo - only their own, NATO. Moreover, if the principle of the ban on double representation of a country was enshrined in the ICTY, there is no such ban in the new tribunal, which ensures, for example, Italy and the Netherlands, two each, and Germany as many as four judges.
However, the citizenship of Kosovo court staff does not always have a direct relationship with the respective governments. New indictments against H. Tachi and others may have some options ...
There are two main options.
The first - This is a repetition of the strategy of the International Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, which consisted in laundering the particularly disgusting leaders of the UChK, such as, for example, Ramush Haradinay, for introducing them into the politics of Kosovo. The charge against Kharadin was formulated in such a way that, on the one hand, not to accuse him of major crimes and, secondly, not to try too hard to prove his guilt. As a result, the ICTY portrayed “objectivity” (charges were brought against all parties), but the result was an excuse. Moreover - a triumphant excuse! Firstly, Haradinai was acquitted twice and, secondly, without presenting a single defense witness! This can be considered as a technology for the legal laundering of bloody bandits for a new political life. Such technology can be applied in the case of H. Tachi.
There are also second option. Its likelihood is associated with some circumstances of the announcement of a charge against H. Tachi. Firstly, this is the American citizenship of the prosecutor of the Special Court for Kosovo. Secondly, the fact that the announcement occurred during Tachi’s stay in the United States. This suggests a possible American influence on the internal political situation in Kosovo with the removal of some figures from the political arena. Tachi has already stated that if the indictment is approved, he will resign.
H. Tachi announces his possible resignation if the indictment is approved. To the right is Tachi's signature (possibly material for a forensic psychologist in the future)
Another important circumstance of the charges against H. Tachi and others is the prosecutor’s statement that H. Tachi and K. Veseli are trying to impede the activities of the Special Court. The prosecutor said that he became aware of secret attempts by Tachi and others to repeal the law on the creation of this tribunal.
The situation in Kosovo is far from stability and continues to develop in the direction of severe confrontation. First of all, these are attempts by the Kosovo authorities to create their own army. Here is how the Permanent Representative of Russia to the UN Security Council V. Nebenzya described the situation in the region: “The situation in Kosovo continues to worsen. No rainbow tales about the “Kosovo democratic achievements” that are regularly told to us and that were heard during this meeting will convince us of the opposite. We consistently declare that this project is not viable.", (1)
So the second scenario in the Special Court for Kosovo is also possible. There are reasons for this ...
Title photo: REUTERS Jim Young
(1) Statement by Mr. Vasily Nebenzi, Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations // UN Document: S / 2020/339
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