During the period covered by the indictment, Hashim Thaçi was the Head of the Political and Information Directorates of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA). By the end of March 1999, Thaçi was Prime Minister of the Provisional Government of Kosovo (PGoK) and KLA Commander-in-Chief.
During the period covered by the indictment, Kadri Veseli was a member of the KLA Political Directorate and Head of the KLA intelligence services. By late March 1999, following the formation of the PGoK, he became chief of the Kosovo Intelligence Service and PGoK Minister of the Intelligence Service.
During the period covered by the indictment, Rexhep Selimi was the Head of the KLA Operational Directorate. By at least August 1998, he was KLA Inspector General and by the end of March 1999, upon the formation of the PGoK, he became PGoK Minister of Public Order/Minister of Internal Affairs.
During the period covered by the indictment, Jakup Krasniqi was a member of the KLA Political Directorate and the official KLA spokesperson. Later in 1998, he was officially appointed as a KLA Deputy Commander. With the establishment of the PGoK, Krasniqi became the PGoK spokesperson.
Summary of charges
The indictment against the four accused was confirmed on 26 October 2020 and made public on 5 November 2020. The indictment states that the crimes charged were committed from at least March 1998 through September 1999 and took place in several locations across Kosovo as well as in Kukës and Cahan, in Northern Albania. They were allegedly committed by members of the KLA against hundreds of civilians and persons not taking part in hostilities. The indictment alleges that Thaçi, Veseli, Selimi and Krasniqi are individually criminally responsible, pursuant to various forms of criminal responsibility for crimes, which were committed in the context of a non-international armed conflict in Kosovo and were part of a widespread and systematic attack against persons suspected of being opposed to the KLA.
The charges are the following:
SIX COUNTS OF CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY
- Persecution (Count 1)
- Imprisonment (Count 2)
- Other inhumane acts (Count 4)
- Torture (Count 6)
- Murder (Count 8)
- Enforced dissappearance of persons (Count 10)
FOUR COUNTS OF WAR CRIMES
- Illegal or arbitrary arrest and detention (Count 3)
- Cruel treatment (Count 5)
- Torture (Count 7)
- Murder (Count 9)
Following their arrest by the Specialist Prosecutor, Thaçi, Veseli, Selimi and Krasniqi were transferred to the Detention Facilities of the Kosovo Specialist Chambers in The Hague on 4 and 5 November 2020.
Thaçi’s and Krasniqi’s initial apperances took place on 9 November 2020 before the Pre-Trial Judge, Nicolas Guillou. During their appearances, they pleaded not guilty to all counts of the indictment.
On 10 and 11 November, Veseli's and Selimi's initial appearances took place, respectively. Both accused pleaded not guilty to all counts.
On 21 April 2021, the Pre-Trial Judge granted the applications of nine victims and admitted them as victims participating in the proceedings as Group I.