Justice Minister: Serbia Won’t Withdraw Arrest Warrants for KLA Members | Beta Briefing

Justice Minister: Serbia Won’t Withdraw Arrest Warrants for KLA Members

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Archive / News | 11.08.20 | access_time 11:55

Nela Kuburovic (Beta/Sasa Djordjevic)

Justice Minister Nela Kuburovic has said that Serbia will never stop prosecuting war crimes committed by the members of the so-called Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) committed against the Serb and non-Albanian civilians in Kosovo during the ‘90s.  

“Proceedings before Serbian courts have been initiated based on material evidence, so there is no legal explanation or reason to abandon arrest warrants for evidenced criminals,” Kuburovic told the Aug. 11 issue of Belgrade daily Vecernje Novosti, commenting on Pristina’s request to Belgrade to withdraw arrest warrants for KLA members. 

According to her, “Serbia has presented before the Hague tribunal and the U.N. irrefutable evidence of combating war criminals and has given the greatest contribution to establishing the rule of law in the region,” while “the interim institutions in Pristina are neither the prime nor the only ones bothered by Serbia’s principled position.” 

Kuburovic described the attempt to pass a law on protecting the values of the KLA combat as “a desperate act of refusing to face the truth that it was a terrorist and criminal organization.” She added that it was also “an attempt to deter and suppress any healthy reasoning and the voice of the people, not only the Serbs living in Kosovo, but of all citizens regardless of their ethnicity.”  

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