Kosovo army veterans sentenced for disclosing classified information

Two former Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) veterans were each sentenced to four and a half years in prison for disclosing classified court information, the Kosovo Specialist Chambers found in its first verdict since it was established in 2016. [EPA-EFE/VALDRIN XHEMAJ]

Two former Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) veterans were each sentenced to four and a half years in prison for disclosing classified court information, the Kosovo Specialist Chambers found in its first verdict since it was established in 2016.

Hysni Gucati and Nasim Haradinaj have been in detention since they were arrested in September 2020, after a number of files containing KSC files were delivered by unidentified persons to their offices at the KLA veterans association headquarters in Pristina.

The two veterans were charged for having allegedly shared information from these files with journalists in successive press conferences.

In March 2022, prosecutors demanded six years in prison for each.

Gucati and Haradinaj were found innocent regarding the prosecution’s charges of revenge.

During their defence, they had decried the charges and criticised the special court and prosecution for investigating Albanians exclusively, while the vast majority of war crimes in Kosovo were committed by the Serbian genocidal government from 1998 to 1999.

In six years, the court has only been able to sentence Gucati and Haradinaj, while four former KLA leaders are currently facing charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity.

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