Kosovo ambassador to Albania to appear before court

Kosovo ambassador to Albania to appear before court

Pristina, May 24, 2013

Kosovo ambassador to Albania, Sylejman Selimi has arrived yesterday in Pristina from Tirana, in order to appear before court in the trial against him and 5 other people on charges of war crimes.

His lawyer, Tome Gashi said that Selimi was not summoned to appear before court. “My client is accused of war crimes, but he wasn’t summoned to appear before court. Nonetheless, he has appeared”, said Gashi.

The first court session will be held on Thursday at 3 pm. Along with Selimi, Sami Lushtaku, Sahit Jashari, Jahir Demaku, Zeqir Demaku and Hysni Thaci will also appear before court.

Selimi is expected to appear for his arraignment, where a EULEX judge is expected to rule whether he will be remanded into custody or not.

Selimi along with the 5 others is accused of war crimes, arrests, tortures and inhuman treatments, which are against the rules of war during the conflict in Kosovo.

EULEX in collaboration with the Special Unit of the Kosovo Police made yesterday five arrests on this issue. /ibna/