War Crimes Investigators Raid Home of Kosovo's Ex-President

The home of Kosovo’s former president Hashim Thaçi was raided by investigators on Friday, November 6, a day after he resigned to face charges of war crimes at a special court in The Hague.

The indictment against 52-year-old Thaçi, who was a commander in the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) during the country’s war against Serbia from 1998 to 1999, was made public on June 24, 2020. The Kosovo Specialist Prosecutor’s Office, which announced the indictment, said in its statement that Thaçi, along with several other members of the KLA, was alleged to be “criminally responsible for nearly 100 murders.”

Thaçi denies any wrongdoing.

This footage shows authorities at Thaçi’s home in Pristina, following raids at the homes of Kadri Veseli, a former Speaker of Kosovo’s parliament, and Kosovar lawmaker Rexhep Selimi, both of whom were included in the indictment, arrested, and flown to The Hague on Thursday on the same flight as Thaçi, according to Kosovar media and agency reports.

Prosecutors said Friday that Thaçi’s first appearance in the courtroom of the Kosovo Specialist Chambers (KSC) in The Hague will be at a public hearing scheduled for November 9.

The Speaker of the Assembly of Kosovo, Dr Vjosa Osmani, was appointed to the role of acting president. Credit: Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty via Storyful