A former ethnic Albanian rebel commander turned politician has been acquitted of war crimes during the 1998-99 Kosovo conflict.
Fatmir Limaj, a former senior commander of the Kosovo Liberation Army (UCK), is a close ally of Prime Minister Hashim Thaci, himself also a former UCK commander.
Limaj stood accused of killing and torturing Serbian prisoners at a UCK-run detention camp.
The charges were based mainly on diaries and testimony of a former prison guard who became the main witness in the case before he was found dead in Germany.
An EU-led court in Pristina on September 17 ruled that although Serbian civilians had been killed at the camp, the prosecution had failed to establish a link with Limaj and his nine co-accused.
It was the third time Limaj has been acquitted of war crimes charges.
Based on reporting by Reuters and AFP