30 November 201214:09

Comment of the Information and Press Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia in connection with passing of the acquittal by the ICTY in the case of R. Haradinai

2248-30-11-2012

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On November 29 the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) after the repeated hearings acquitted on all charge counts of the former commander of «Kosovo Liberation Army» R. Haradinai and members of his entourage. The Tribunal considered unproven the numerous murders, forcible deportation, beatings, torture and ill-treatment committed against the Serb and other population disloyal «to new authorities» of the region.

This process was accompanied by scandalous circumstances. For the first time in the history of international justice witnesses in this case were subjected to the blatant blackmail and intimidation, and often they were simply physically eliminated. And such acts were committed in the atmosphere of impunity and connivance of the international offices in Kosovo.

The Russian Federation has repeatedly drawn the attention of the UN Security Council to this unacceptable situation and called for its strong reaction to investigate the loss of people life and ensure the more effective regime for the protection of witnesses in Kosovo. Unfortunately, our calls were blocked under various pretexts on inexpediency of intervention in ostensibly objective work of the prosecution and the judiciary.

The verdict together with the recent justification of Croatian generals A. Gotovina and M. Markach is the further evidence of selective justice, when the person accused of committing crimes against humanity and war crimes remain unpunished.

We think that the state of affairs in the ICTY is unsatisfactory. The term allotted to this body expires, and Russia intends to pursue the completion of the Tribunal activities in the terms established by the UN Security Council Resolution of 1966 (2010).

November 30, 2012

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