The impact of the Special Tribunal on Kosovo’s political scene

The impact of the Special Tribunal on Kosovo’s political scene

Pristina, 21 September 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Elton Tota

The Special Tribunal may be the next challenge that could shake the political scene in Kosovo.

Following the domestic clashes on the issue of demarcation and association of communes, the political scene in Kosovo has something important in store, especially at the end of the year, when the first charges are expected to be launched against the former commanders of KLA for alleged crimes against ethnic minorities and political opponents in 1998 and 1999.

These charges would cause drastic changes in the political scene in Kosovo and may even cause social instability.

This is the opinion of the political analyst, Nexhmedin Spahiu.

“I believe that there will be accusations against key figures of the political scene, but I don’t think that this could produce instability”, Spahiu says.

Law professor at the University of Pristina, Kujtim Kerveshi told IBNA that the Special Tribunal will try people who hold high posts at the government of Kosovo.

“I believe that given the people that this court will try, there will be an impact on the stability of the governing coalition in Kosovo”, Kerveshi says.

The chambers of the Special Tribunal are in Hague, following the agreement of the European Union with Kosovo and the Dutch authorities.

The heaviest sentence that this tribunal may deliver is life in prison, while the sentence will be suffered in one of the countries which is ready to admit the people who are convicted. The Chief Justice of the Special Tribunal decides on this.

The mandate of this tribunal expires in 2025. /