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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