Kosovo Albanians Face War Crimes Tribunal
U.N. prosecutors in The Hague opened a war crimes case against three members of the Kosovo Liberation Army, the first ethnic Albanians to face the tribunal for actions during the 1998-99 war in Serbia’s southern republic.
Fatmir Limaj, Haradin Balaj and Isak Musliu are accused of murdering, torturing and imprisoning Serb civilians and perceived Albanian collaborators during the conflict. All have pleaded not guilty.
Their arrest last year set off protests in Kosovo, where many ethnic Albanians view them as heroes in a war for independence.