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Kosovo, Albania Call For Probe Of Del Ponte

Interview: Kosovo Foreign Minister Enver Hoxhaji
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December 03, 2012
During a visit to Prague on December 3, Kosovar Foreign Minister Enver Hoxhaj sat down with RFE/RL correspondent Ron Synovitz to talk about Pristina's concerns, aspirations, and accomplishments since unilaterally declaring independence from Serbia in 2008.

WATCH: Kosovo's Foreign Minister Enver Hoxhaj answers questions from correspondent Ron Synovitz at Prague's RFE/RL headquarters on December 3.

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Kosovo's Foreign Minister Enver Hoxhaj sits down with RFE/RL correspondent Ron Synovitz to talk about Pristina's concerns, aspirations, and accomplishments since unilaterally declaring independence from Serbia in 2008.
By Ron Synovitz
PRAGUE -- Kosovo's government has accused Carla Del Ponte, the former chief prosecutor of the UN war crimes court, of misusing her powers.

In an exclusive interview on December 3 in Prague, Kosovo's Foreign Minister Enver Hoxhaj told RFE/RL that Del Ponte had pushed for a retrial of former Kosovar Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj on war crimes charges without any evidence after she had resigned as the UN's top war crimes prosecutor.

"We think that Carla Del Ponte misused its powers and its competences, and our government has asked for a proper, full investigation why she was [pushing for] the second trial when for that, there were not at all any kind of facts," Hoxhaj said. "And the court has already confirmed that it was actually not necessary. We hope that we are going to have full clarity on that issue because she was humiliating the dignity of Mr. Haradinaj, of our citizens, and of Kosovo as a whole."

TRANSCRIPT of RFE/RL's interview with Kosovar Foreign Minister Enver Hoxhaj

A Foreign Ministry spokesman told RFE/RL that Del Ponte published a book and used her diplomatic contacts to push for the partial retrial. Albania is also calling for an investigation into Del Ponte's work.

The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia last week acquitted Haradinaj, a former guerrilla commander in the Kosovo Liberation Army, on charges that he was responsible for crimes against humanity against Serbs during the 1998-99 Kosovo conflict.
Carla Del Ponte is former chief prosecutor of the UN war crimes court in The Hague.
Carla Del Ponte is former chief prosecutor of the UN war crimes court in The Hague.

Haradinaj was acquitted in his first war crimes trial at The Hague in 2008 after Del Ponte had already resigned from the post. Haradinaj had initially faced 37 counts, including the murder and torture of Serb civilians, as well as the killing of ethnic Albanians and Roma suspected of collaborating with Serb military forces and police from March to September 1998.

The partial retrial of Haradinaj came after a July 2010 appeals judgment, which found that trial judges "failed to appreciate the gravity of the threat that witness intimidation posed" to the integrity of his first trial.
Former Kosovar Prime Minister Ramush HaradinajFormer Kosovar Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj
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Former Kosovar Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj
Former Kosovar Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj

That appeals decision also said judges in the first trial had placed too much emphasis "on ensuring that the prosecution took no more than its preallotted time," regardless of the possibility of securing "potentially important testimony."

Albania also has joined Pristina's call for an investigation into Del Ponte's work.

There has been no comment yet from the UN war crimes tribunal in The Hague or from Del Ponte.

Haradinaj had only served for 100 days as prime minister when he was first indicted by the UN court in March 2005. He chose to resign as prime minister and traveled voluntarily to The Hague the next day to face the charges against him.

Since last week's acquittal, Haradinaj has expressed an interest in returning to politics in Kosovo.

With additional reporting by Reuters and AP
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by: Eugenio from: Vienna
December 03, 2012 15:17
Wow, excellent!!! See, Vakhtang, you are the one who goes around complaining about Putin and Russia - and now look at this lady on the picture and realized what they did to her in this "marvelous" West. She was the chief prosecutor of the UN war crimes tribunal, and while she was focusing on prosecuting Serbs - she had no problem.
But then, she is apparently just an honest person, and as she discovered some evidence pointing in the direction that the "Kosovo Liberation Army" was nothing other than the Albanian kidney-trafficking mafia and published it in her book - they removed her from the Tribunal within no time.
And now SHE IS THE ONE to be accused of "misusing her powers" by this very Albanian kidney-trafficking mafia, which in the meantime has gotten a "state" of its own.
You know what: the same way they are selling to the Saudis and Qataris the European crown jewels these days (such as large packages on shares in a number of European airlines, for example), a couple of years from now they will giving the Albanian mafia licenses to do kidney trasplants - right here in the heart of Europe. I am telling you, Vakhtang, it's a wonderful, wonderful world!
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by: Camel Anaturk from: Kurdistan
December 03, 2012 20:08
You are only right,meine Eugenia,but you should not criticize the moderate muslims-they are the only chance of supplying you with a brain,which may help your coming back to the human race.Same is true for Jacko and Vahtanganaika!!!
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by: Duro from: Aust
December 03, 2012 22:13
Interesting that Carla has become the female version of the much loved bumbling Inspector Clouseau ... I am sure that she is cursing those who were providing that so called intelligence.....

As for Eugenio, Mafia mafia Muslim arab albania.... your mindless racist rants dont move anyone. if there was a crime then have a trial and prosecute those found guilty, but if you are going to make accusations make sure that it will stand up in court, her job was to gather evidence so that it could go to trial and obtain a conviction.. looks like a rather poor effort on her part but well done to those that lead her down that path......
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by: Al from: New York
December 03, 2012 22:49
Please refrain yourself from making irrelevant comments when it's quite obvious that you know nothing about the matter.
The purpose of prosecuting individuals for war crimes is not to make everyone equally happy or unhappy, guilty or not. The standard of proof in a criminal prosecution is "guilty beyond reasonable doubt" and the burden of proof is on the prosecution. If these standards are not met, the accused must be acquitted.

Apparently the proofs Del Ponte claimed she had during all this time were just a product of her imagination that helped sell a book.

Now cheers bro and easy with the mafia talk
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by: Vakhtang from: Moscow
December 04, 2012 02:06
I think that Del Ponte was removed mainly after Milosevic's death,it was obvious that they have gone too far with Milosevic and Madame Carla looked like a bulldog and Torquemada rolled into one.She is now trying to get out of this situation, but too late.
Putin recognized abkhaz bandits,U.S.A and the West recognized the albanians gangsters.. both are killers of innocent people and live in a foreign land.
In this issue the West did everything wrong...no one wants to admit mistakes, preferring do not talk about albanian crimes.
One can hope for Mr. Wnitmore, that he will raise the working class of the West and capture the International Tribunal restore justice.We will give them all to justice-аbkhaz criminals, those who recognized Kosovo and their accomplice camel from the cave of Kurdistan...
Unfortunately there is no truth in the World
------------------------people want to steal, lie,
--------------------they want money and gold.
Yes,Mr.Whitmore?
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by: Eugenio from: Vienna
December 04, 2012 10:05
No, Vakhtang, her removal was not related to the death of Slobodan. She was removed after publishing a thick book - which I read excerpts from - in which she, with much detail, was publishing results of her investigation into criminal activities of the Albanian mafia ("KLA") that they were waging with the help of the CIA in the late 1990s against the Serbian population of Kosovo. She was the one who made public the details of the Albanian mafia bosses (many of whom are now in the "govt" of the Albanian mafia-run "state" called Kosovo) detaining people in Kosovo and Albania, practically cutting them into pieces and selling to cliniques here in this "free" Europe for kidney trasplants. Or if one was to traslate this into the jargon of RFE/RL - "promoting democracy".
And then you are saying: "In this issue the West did everything wrong" Vakhtang, how do you mean "wrong"? It is the US official policy line! Can't you see that they are promoting all sorts of terrorists in such places as Libya and Syria? And in the Balkans what they wanted was to establish an area of their military presence for a long time - such place where they could, for example, move their torture activities from Guantanamo. And Albania is probably the only place here in Europe where they could place those activities, a place where they could do anything they want and no one would ask too many questions...
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by: Camel Anaturk from: Free Abkhazia
December 04, 2012 10:56
Another world-beater joke from Vakhtang-he says :`I think...`-ha bloody ha say all camels from me herd-what is he doing his thinking it-maybe the kossovar albanians have already provided him with the much needed brain???
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by: Vakhtang from: Moscow
December 04, 2012 11:56
I have to agree with you Eugenio on the issue of Kosovo.
Clearly, in the illegal recognition of аlbanian gangsters who occupied the Serbian land, first violin played U.S. diplomats.
It is sad that none of the European diplomats protested and not demonstrated a principled position....however it is understandable-one "diplomat" want to rape maids,another "diplomat",with women of dubious reputation,spends on drink money of Gaddafi.
One hopes that sooner or later will be restoration of historical justice...
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by: Anonymous
December 04, 2012 14:07
Del Ponte announced her intention to retire as chief prosecutor in January 2007 at the end of the year. The book came out in 2008.
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by: Eugenio from: Vienna
December 04, 2012 15:40
To Vakhtang: Glad to agree with you on that one.
To Anonymous: You are saying: "in January 2007 at the end of the year". Dear Anonymous, here in Vienna January is usually at the very BEGINNING of the year. What country do you live in that in your calender January is at the very end of it :-)?
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by: Sergio from: The Netherlands
December 04, 2012 08:02
Brian's blog must really be getting famous, or else why would there be so many nay-sayers here with so much time in their hands?... Well, people, enjoy. And remember: without him, you wouldn't be here.

by: Jeremy from: Moscow
December 04, 2012 11:08
This could turn in a case of high scientific and practical interest, how to gather hidden evidence from the witnesses, who are deceived and threatened.
Any doubt in how the successful power is excercised?
Being recognized by a foreign authority, isn't this a success?
I see this "war of claims" as fundamental phylosophical issue of our times, when we all put our trust in the information, rejecting the common sense.
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by: Eugenio from: Vienna
December 04, 2012 15:47
Well, Jeremy, the issue much less "phylosophical" than you would like it to be: a bunch of well known Albanian gangsters (who were involved in all sorts of illegal activities in Switzerland back in the 1980s already) get armed from the CIA (the arms were looted from the stocks of the Albanian Army during the riots that took place in 1997, as the Albanian economy collapsed as a result of one of those bubbles that the EU has lived through so many of lately) and terrororize the civilian populations of Kosovo, install various torture facilites and "cliniques" where they literally vivisect people the way they like. Where did you see "phylosophy" here?
Get well, Jeremy, and don't spend so much time in the cold.
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by: Jeremy from: Moscow
December 05, 2012 11:16
You used interesting abbreviation - CIA. What does it mean? Soviet-Indian-America?
I remember, when in the fall of 1982 there were news about the disorders in Albania, my chief in an OUR OUR OUR!!! small and quiet "agricultural" unit abroad (polkovnik Sch.) told me: 'Leave it, it's not interesting.'
Did you say Switzerland?

by: Alex from: LA
December 05, 2012 01:46
So when is Kosovo gonna unite its annexed lands with Albania?
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by: Eugenio from: Vienna
December 05, 2012 10:37
Good question, Alex. See, the US and NATO would like Great Albania to have emerged like 10 years ago already, but until very recently they did not want to force the events, given that they still had some hopes of cajoling Serbia into NATO (in order to makes the Serbs go to places like Afghanistan and die there for nothing) and into the EU (in order to make out of Serbia a Greece-like German colony and loot the Serbian people the same way the Germans are looting the Greeks these days). And this latter fact made them somewhat more cautious in advancing their long-term strategic goal of creating a Great Albania.
Judjing by the fact that such war-criminals as Gotovina and Haradinaj have recently been pronounced "not guilty" by the US- and German puppets sitting in the Hague Tribunal, one can arrive at the conclusion that the US, Germany and their friends have lost all their hopes of cajoling Serbia into any of the two above-mentioned organizations.
Therefore, I would say, the US and Germany would start spearheading the process of unifying Albania with Southern Kosovo starting from January 1st 2013 already, and the only thing that is (apparently) making them abstain from such a step for now is the fear of how such a move would affect Macedinia/FYROM.
You know, if they say openly that they want a Great Albania to emerge, a new civil war in Macedonia will be inevitable, and right now NATO is stuck up to its neck in Afghanistan and is about to get stuck in Syria - so, they can not really afford opening a third front right now.
So, Alex, to give an answer to your question, I would say: follow the Syrian situation closely. IF it starts look like NATO is getting anywhere with its terrorist tactics in this latter country, be prepared for them to go for a Great Albania at a fast paste. And if not, you will probably have to wait somewhat longer, pal :-).
Cheers from Vienna!

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