Kosovo: Trial of Salih Mustafa begins in The Hague for war crimes

Kosovo: Trial of Salih Mustafa begins in The Hague for war crimes

The trial of former Kosovo Liberation Army Commander Salih Mustafa begins today. It is the first trial by the Special Chambers of the Hague Tribunal.

The session is expected to start at 09:30 (local time) and is expected to last until 17:30, according to the published calendar of the Specialized Chambers.

The indictment against Salih Mustafa was confirmed on 12 June 2020, while his arrest took place on 24 September. Mustafa denied the charges against him.

“The confirmed indictment states that from 1 April 1999 to 19 April 1999, at a detention camp in Zllash, Kosovo, crimes of arbitrary detention, cruel treatment and torture were committed against at least six persons. The indictment also states that on or about the dates between 19 April 1999, or about that date, and around the end of April 1999, one detainee was killed in that camp,” the Special Court had announced.

In the confirmed indictment, Mustafa is charged with various forms of criminal responsibility for arbitrary detention, cruel treatment, torture and unlawful killings as war crimes committed in the context of or in connection with the non-international armed conflict in Kosovo./ibna