The third conference on the progress of the court case against Thaçi and others on Thursday – Latest News
On Thursday, the third conference on the progress of the court case against Hashim Thaçi, Kadri Veseli, Rexhep Selimi, Jakup Krasniqi will be held in The Hague.
The conference in question is expected to start at 11:00, and, as stated on the official website of DHSK, unless otherwise specified, public hearings are broadcast via the Internet with a delay of 45 minutes.
The conference on the progress of the court case is provided by Rule 96 of the Rules of Procedure and Evidence of the Specialized Chambers of Kosovo (DHSK), reports “Oath of Justice”.
“(1) The pre-trial judge shall convene a conference on the progress of the case as soon as possible after the first appearance of the accused and then if necessary to: (a) organize exchanges between the parties and, where applicable, victim advocates to enable prompt preparation for trial; (b) taking steps to enable any necessary preparation by the parties diligently and in a timely manner; and (c) reviewing the progress of the case and that the parties, and where applicable the victims’ counsel, be given the opportunity to raise issues related to the case, ”reads the first point of the above-mentioned rule.
(2) With the written consent of the accused given after consultation with his specialized defense counsel, a conference on the progress of the case under this rule may be held: (a) in the presence of the accused and with the participation of counsel specialized through videoconferencing; (b) in the presence of a specialized defense counsel and with the participation of the accused via videoconference; and (c) in the absence of the accused in the presence of a specialized defense counsel, or with the participation of a specialized defense counsel via videoconference ”, is further stated in the second point of the Rules of Procedure and Evidence of DHSK.
The first conference on the progress of the case was held on November 18.
Otherwise, on November 9, in their first appearances, Jakup Krasniqi and Hashim Thaçi pleaded not guilty to the charges against them.
The same was stated by Veseli in his presentation on November 10, as well as Selimi on November 11.
The indictment against Hashim Thaçi, Kadri Veseli, Rexhep Selimi and Jakup Krasniqi was confirmed on October 26, 2020.
According to the indictment, at least between March 1998 and September 1999, Hashim Thaçi, Kadri Veseli, Rexhep Selimi, Jakup Krasniqi and other members of the Joint Criminal Enterprise had the common goal of securing and exercising control over all of Kosovo through methods that included intimidation, ill-treatment, violence, and the illegal elimination of those considered adversaries.
“These opponents included persons who were, or were considered to have been: (a) collaborators or affiliates of forces, officials or state institutions of the FRY, or who (b) otherwise did not support the aims or methods of the KLA and later the KPC, including persons affiliated with the LDK and Serbs, Roma and persons of other nationalities (collectively, ‘opponents’). “This common goal included the crimes of persecution, imprisonment, arrest and arbitrary or unlawful detention, other inhumane acts, cruel treatment, torture, murder and enforced disappearance of persons,” the indictment reads.
The indictment also mentions Azem Syla, Lahi Brahimaj, Fatmir Limaj, Sylejman Selimi, Rrustem Mustafa, Shukri Buja, Latif Gashi and Sabit Geci.
Among the other members of the joint criminal enterprise were Azem SYLA, Lahi BRAHIMAJ, Fatmir LIMAJ, Sylejman SELIMI, Rrustem MUSTAFA, Shukri BUJA, Latif GASHI and Sabit GECI, as well as several other political and military leaders of the KLA and QP including other members of the General Staff; KPC ministers and deputy ministers; KLA zone commanders, deputy zone commanders and other members of zone command staffs; commanders of brigades and units; commanders and members of the KLA and KPC police and intelligence services; other KLA soldiers and other KPC officials; as well as others acting on behalf of the KLA and the KPC (along with Hashim THAÇI, Kadri VESELI, Rexhep SELIMI and Jakup KRASNIQ, jointly ‘members of the NKP’). All of these individuals, through their actions and inactions, contributed to the achievement of the common goal. Alternatively, some or all of these individuals were not members of the joint criminal enterprise, but were used by members of the joint criminal enterprise to commit crimes for the common purpose (together with members of the CPC, jointly ‘ members and instruments of the NPC ‘) “, says the indictment. / Oath of Justice