Kosovo hero Ramush Haradinaj was accused by the prosecutors of persecuting ethnic Serbs in an effort to drive them out during the war between Kosovo and Serbia that lasted from 1998-1999. He served briefly as the prime minister of Kosovo during the same time, but was most known for being a former guerrilla commander in Kosovo during the mini war between Serbia and it’s then province of Kosovo.
What’s most interesting is that this acquittal comes on the heels of the acquittal of the top Croatian general Anta Gotovina two weeks earlier, fueling nationalist accusations in Serbia that the court is biased against them, which totally neglects the fact that Serbian state actually started all of those wars in former Yugoslavia and was chiefly responsible for most of the civilian atrocities in all of them.
The panel of judges ruled there was no evidence to support charges against the former Kosovo prime-minister of crimes against humanity during the two year war between guerrillas of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) and security forces under late Serbian strongman Slobodan Milosevic.
People of Kosovo are obviously ecstatic about the outcome, and continue to strongly feel that the Kosovo Liberation Army fought a just war for freedom and never committed the crimes of which we were unfairly accused. Since the war ended in 1999, Kosovo has been patrolled by about 6,000 NATO peacekeepers, policed by the European Union, and dogged by a de facto ethnic partition between the 90-percent Albanian majority and Serbs in the north who are supported by Belgrade.
Haradinaj was prime minister for several months in 2005 but resigned when he was first charged. He was acquitted in 2008 but appeal judges ordered a partial retrial, saying the prosecution should have been given more time to make its case. It wouldn’t surprise many if he decideds to get back into the politics and continue where he left off in 2005.