Magazine article New Internationalist

Victors to Be Punished

Magazine article New Internationalist

Victors to Be Punished

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Announced in January, a criminal tribunal in The Hague will be launched later this year to try serious crimes committed during the 1999 Kosovo war. In an unprecedented move which challenges the long-held belief that international tribunals only administer one-sided accountability, the prosecution will focus exclusively on the victors: the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA), many of whose leaders now occupy high-ranking positions in the country's political establishment.

The court, titled the Kosovo Relocated Specialist Judicial Institution, will be housed in a secret location until an extension is built at the former Europol building only metres away from the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY). Overcoming the long shadow cast by that predecessor will be its first task.

Despite the recent well-publicized conviction of Bosnian Serb politician Radovan Karadzíc for war crimes, the ICTY has been criticized for perceived failings to deliver justice to perpetrators of torture and genocide during the Yugoslav wars. …

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