SUMMARY OF ALLEGED OFFENCES

Hysni Gucati, Head of the Kosovo Liberation Army War Veterans’ Association, was arrested in Prishtinë/Priština, Kosovo, on 25 September 2020, and transferred to the Detention Unit of the Kosovo Specialist Chambers (KSC) on the same day. The arrest warrant states there is a grounded suspicion that Gucati is criminally responsible for attempting to commit the offence of intimidation during criminal proceedings, pursuant to Article 387 of the Kosovo Criminal Code. Specifically, that there is a grounded suspicion that Gucati held three press conferences on 7, 16 and 22 September 2020, where he distributed or otherwise made available to the media confidential and non-public information and documents relating to the work of the Specialist Prosecutor’s Office and did not intervene when Haradinaj mentioned by name certain (potential) witnesses and gave information regarding their place of residence and other personal details. 

The arrest warrant further states that there is grounded suspicion that Gucati is criminally responsible for committing the offences of retaliation and violating the secrecy of proceedings, pursuant to Articles 388 and 392 of the Kosovo Criminal Code. 


Nasim Haradinaj, Deputy Head of the Kosovo Liberation Army War Veterans’ Association, was arrested in Prishtinë/Priština, Kosovo, on 25 September 2020, and transferred to the KSC Detention Unit on 26 September. The arrest warrant states that there is a grounded suspicion that Haradinaj is criminally responsible pursuant to Article 387 of the Kosovo Criminal Code for attempting to commit the offence of intimidation during criminal proceedings. Specifically, that there is a grounded suspicion that Haradinaj held three press conferences on 7, 16 and 22 September 2020, where he distributed or otherwise made available to the media confidential and non-public information and documents relating to the work of the Specialist Prosecutor’s Office, mentioned by name certain (potential) witnesses and gave information regarding their place of residence and other personal details.

The arrest warrant further states that there is grounded suspicion that Haradinaj is criminally responsible for the offences of retaliation and violating the secrecy of proceedings, pursuant to Articles 388 and 392 of the Kosovo Criminal Code.


PROCEDURAL DEVELOPMENTS*

  • Hysni Gucati and Nasim Haradinaj were arrested in Prishtinë/Priština, Kosovo, on 25 September 2020 and transferred to the KSC Detention Unit on 25 and 26 September, respectively.

  • Haradinaj’s first appearance before the Single Judge, Nicolas Guillou, was held on 29 September 2020. 

  • Gucati’s first appearance before the Single Judge, Nicolas Guillou, was held on 1 October 2020. 

*The Specialist Prosecutor has not yet filed an indictment in this case. Gucati and Haradinaj are therefore currently considered suspects.

Case information

Accused: 
Hysni Gucati & Nasim Haradinaj
Case number: 
KSC-BC-2020-07
Case status: 
Court: 
* Proceedings pursuant to Article 15(2) of the Law