Ex-Kosovo P.M. Cleared of War Crimes

    Former Kosovo Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj awaits his verdict at the courtroom of the Yugoslav war crimes tribunal in The Hague, Netherlands, Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012. The Yugoslav war crimes tribunal will deliver its verdicts Thursday in the unprecedented retrial of Kosovo's ex-prime minister and two of his former Kosovo Liberation Army comrades on charges including the murder and torture of Serbs. The U.N. court's first ever retrial was ordered following the 2008 acquittal of former Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj and KLA fighter Idriz Balaj and the conviction of a third KLA commander, Lahi Brahimaj. Haradinaj, Balaj and Brahimaj are accused of abusing Serbs or their supporters in 1998 as Kosovo battled for independence from Serbia, which it eventually declared in 2008. (AP Photo/ Koen van Weel, Pool)

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    A United Nations tribunal on Thursday cleared former Kosovan Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj of war crimes against Serb, Albanian, and Roma citizens in 1998. Haradinaj served as prime minister of Kosovo for only 100 days in 2004-05 before stepping down to for his first trial at The Hague. He had been accused with two of his lieutenants—who were also cleared—of trying to establish control by the Kosovo Liberation Army in western Kosovo through detention camps, where ethnic Serbs and Albanian collaborator were allegedly tortured and killed. Fireworks and cheering crowds in Pristina, Kosovo’s capital and largest city, greeted the news, and analysts say Haradinaj is likely to continue his political career.

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