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Kosovo PM resigns after being summoned to Hague war crimes court

Armend Nimani, AFP | Kosovo Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj speaks during an interview with AFP, in Pristina. Kosovo, on January 25, 2019..

Kosovo Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj, a wartime commander of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA), said Friday he has resigned after being called as a suspect before a war crimes court in The Hague.

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"I received a call by the special court as a suspect and was offered to go as the prime minister or as an ordinary citizen of Kosovo. I chose the latter," Haradinaj, 51, told reporters.

The EU-backed court based in The Hague was set up in 2015 to investigate war crimes allegedly committed by the KLA, notably against Serbs, Romas and Kosovo Albanian political opponents during and after the 1998-99 war.

"Responsibility now goes to the president to start consultations to set the date of the (general) election. I will offer myself to the people again to get their trust. I am not accused, but (will be) questioned" by the court, Haradinaj said after a government meeting.

In an interview with AFP earlier this year, Haradinaj said Kosovo would respond to all the court's demands.

In mid-January, the special court began interrogations in The Hague, where two other former KLA officials, Rrustem Mustafa-Remi and Sami Lushtaku were questioned.

Haradinaj was previously granted bail by a French court.

Kosovo media believe that first indictments are likely to be issued this year.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP)

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