Chief Prosecutor of the Kosovo Tribunal meets with BPV-FPA for the first time

David Schwendiman, Chief Prosecutor of the Kosovo Tribunal, meets with BPV-FPA for the first time

The Hague, November 14

At his first meeting with BPV members David Schwendiman, Chief  Prosecutor of the Kosovo Specialist Prosecutor’s Office (SPO), stressed the independence of the prosecutor and his investigation as a key point of  the Kosovo Tribunal.

The court operates under Kosovo law but with international judges and prosecutors to try war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by members of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) against mainly ethnic Serbs in the period from January 1998 to December 2000.

Prosecutor Schwendiman declined to clarify when and against who the first indictments would be issued.  He did stress he expected the authorities in Pristina to assist him as need be. At the end of this lunch-meeting,  Schwendiman said he would do everything in his power to protect witnesses after witness intimidation lead to the collapse of other cases against former KLA members in Kosovo and at the ICTY.

The Kosovo tribunal is funded by the European Union which had given more than 200 million euros for the next 5 years. mj/sb


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