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27 July 2011

Kosovo: Vice president of ruling party indicted for war crimes

kosovoo-01--400x300.jpg(AKI) - A special Kosovo prosecutor has indicted Fatmir Limaj, vice-president of ruling Democratic Party of Kosovo, for crimes against Serb and Albanian civilians during 1998/99 Kosovo war of independence, local media reported on Monday.

Limaj, 40, a member of Kosovo parliament and close associate of Prima Minister Hashim Thaci, has been accused of mistreating and killing Serb civilians and non-loyal Albanians in a detention camp in the village of Klecka in 1999.Special European Union prosecutor Maurizio Salustro, along with Limaj, indicted nine other former members of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) that fought for independence from Serbia.Kosovo majority Albanians declared independence in February 2008, which has been recognized by 77 countries, including the United States and 22 out of 27 European Union members.The EU has sent to Kosovo a special mission (EULEX) to help local authorities in judiciary, police and customs matters.Limaj, a wartime KLA military commander, has been indicted by the Hague-based United Nations war crimes tribunal for crimes against civilians in the area of Glogovac in western Kosovo, but was acquitted in 2005 for lack of evidence.

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