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Kosovo ex-PM faces war crimes verdict at UN tribunal

Published on Nov 27, 2012 6:23 AM

THE HAGUE (AFP) - The United Nations' Yugoslav war crimes court will on Thursday hand down judgement for Kosovo's ex-prime minister Ramush Haradinaj, who is being tried again following his acquittal after appeals judges found witnesses in his case were intimidated.

South African judge Bakone Justice Moloto will hand down a verdict at a hearing at the UN's International Criminal Tribunal (ICTY) headquarters in The Hague at 9am (4pm, Singapore time).

Haradinaj, 44, Idriz Balaj, 41 and Lahmi Brahimaj, 42 are before the court for war crimes committed against Serbs and non-Albanians during Kosovo's 1998-99 war for independence.

The most senior Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) commander to be tried, Haradinaj as well as Balaj, his lieutenant and commander of the feared "Black Eagles" unit, were acquitted in April 2008 on 37 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity.

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