European Union Special Investigative Task Force (SITF) Chief Prosecutor Ambassador Clint Williamson said on Tuesday that the SITF has found “compelling evidence” of serious violations of international humanitarian law, including crimes against humanity and war crimes, against former senior officials of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA).
According to the SITF, senior leaders of the former KLA used violence in order to obtain political power and personal wealth for themselves. The SITF could file an indictment against these individuals once an appropriate judicial mechanism is established to host a fully independent trial.
Williamson said that the victims of these crimes were mainly Serbs, Roma, and other minorities, as well as Kosovo Albanians who were labeled either to be collaborators with the Serbs or, more commonly, to have been political opponents of the KLA leadership.
The Special Investigative Task Force (SITF) was set up in 2011 to conduct an independent criminal investigation into the very serious allegations against Kosovo war leaders. The mandate of the SITF is to investigate and, if warranted, prosecute individuals for crimes alleged in the report. The SITF consists of international staff only.