Schwendiman is appointed the new head prosecutor for the war crimes in Kosovo

Schwendiman is appointed the new head prosecutor for the war crimes in Kosovo

Pristina, December 12, 2014/ Independent Balkan News Agency

By Elton Tota

The European Union has appointed the American lawyer, David Schwendiman as new head prosecutor of the Special Court on war crimes, who will investigate senior officials of Kosovo Liberation Army.

Schwendiman, whose last mission was to investigate abuses and corruption in Afghanistan, replaces Clint Williamson as the head prosecutor of the Special Investigative Task Force about the events taken place in Kosovo in 1998 and 1999.

The press statement released last night by Brussels says that Schwendiman has “a significant experience in legal, political and practical matters in international and domestic criminal procedures”.

Schwendiman has served as an international prosecutor in Bosnia and Herzegovina from 2006 until 2009 and has led the prosecution on war crimes in the country during his last two years of service there.

After his mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina, he worked as a federal prosecutor in Utah, USA and has also lectured in the University of Utah, after which he engaged in Afghanistan.

During his service at the Justice Department, Schwendiman has participated in many missions throughout the world, such as Bangladesh, Thailand and Vietnam.

World media have written about the work group chaired by Schwendiman, by saying that “working outside well guarded offices in Brussels, a team of 25 prosecutors and investigators have looked into allegations concerning Kosovo’s Liberation Army that fought against Serb security forces”.

After interrogating hundreds of witnesses and by reading thousands of pages over the events that took place 15 years ago, in July of this year, the team said that they were in a position to prosecute several suspects, without giving names.

But, before accusations are raised, Kosovo and the European Union must first agree on the creation of the special court, something which Brussels expects to happen within 2015. /ibna/