Ex-Kosovo Prime Minister facing retrial for war crimes

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The Hague war crimes tribunal has ordered the retrial of Kosovo's former Prime Minister, Ramush Haradinaj because of witness intimidation.

The tribunal said that his acquittal on murder and torture charges related to the 1998-99 conflict two years ago was a miscarriage of justice.

The original trial for Mr Haradinaj and two former Kosovo Liberation Army comrades was marred by intimidation that left two prosecution witnesses too scared to testify, Patrick Robinson, the tribunal president, said.

Mr Haradinaj had been accused along with Idriz Balaj and Lahi Brahimaj of abusing Serbs or their supporters in 1998 as Kosovo battled for independence from Serbia, which it eventually declared in 2008.

A date for the retrial has yet to be set, and it is unclear if the witnesses would testify in new hearings. The first step will be to appoint a new panel of judges to deal with the case....

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