ICTY grants Haradinaj temporary provisional release
09. December 2010. | 06:43
The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) granted Wednesday temporary provisional release to former leader of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) Ramus Haradinaj over the winter court recess from December 17, 2010 until Friday January 14, 2011.
Similar request, however, was denied to his associate Ljahi Brahimaj, the ICTY said.
Haradinaj had requested the temporary provisional release as his wife is expected to give birth to their child around the middle of January 2011.
The Prosecution opposed the motion, saying that granting it would pose a risk to the integrity of the proceedings.
The Prosecution argued that witness intimidation remains a prevalent feature in Kosovo, and that Haradinaj still remained a highly prominent figure in the region.
The Trial Chamber, however, said that Haradinaj would not pose a danger to any victim, witness or other person, while it assessed Brahimaj, if released, could pose such a threat.
The Prosecution asserted that the prominence of the accused would be heightened during the forthcoming election period, recommending that Haradinaj and Brahimaj should not be granted provisional release in the period before the December 12 elections, in which Haradinaj's party, the Alliance for the Future of Kosovo, also runs.
Haradinaj, Idriz Baljaj and Brahimaj will be partly re-tried over charges for intimidation of witnesses.