Former Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) officer Salih Mustafa, charged with war crimes in Kosovo, was on Sept. 28 taken before the Kosovo Specialist Chambers in The Hague, but declined to enter a plea.
"I do not wish to enter a plea before consulting my lawyer," said Mustafa, when asked by Judge Nicolas Guillou if he would like to enter a plea.
According to the rules of the court, Mustafa has 30 days as of his first appearance before the court to enter a plea. Mustafa, 48, is charged with four counts of war crimes: arbitrary detention, cruel treatment, torture and murder of captives in 1999.
In line with the rules of the Kosovo Specialist Chambers, the indictment was read to Mustafa on Sept. 28 and he confirmed that he had understood what he was charged with.