Pjetër Shala was a member of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) stationed in Kukёs, Albania.

Summary of charges

The indictment against Shala was confirmed on 12 June 2020 and the redacted version made public on 15 April 2021. The alleged crimes with which Shala is charged took place between approximately 17 May 1999 and 5 June 1999 against persons detained at the Kukёs Metal Factory (Albania) allegedly used by the KLA. According to the indictment, the victims of these crimes were all FRY citizens, who did not actively take part in hostilities.

The charges are the following:

Four counts of war crimes

  • Arbitrary detention (Count 1)
  • Cruel treatment (Count 2)
  • Torture (Count 3)
  • Murder (Count 4)




  • Shala was arrested on 16 March 2021 in Belgium and transferred to the Detention Unit of the Kosovo Specialist Chambers on 15 April 2021.

  • Shala’s initial appearance took place on 19 April 2021 before the Pre-Trial Judge, Nicolas Guillou. He pleaded not guilty to all counts of the indictment.