Pjetër Shala was a member of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) stationed in Kukёs, Albania.
The initial indictment against Shala was confirmed on 12 June 2020 and the redacted version made public on 15 April 2021. On 18 October 2021, the Pre-Trial Judge granted in part the Defence motion and ordered the SPO to amend the indictment to provide the required level of specificity and clarity in relation to the accused's personal participation in the incidents. The SPO filed the corrected indictment on 1 November 2021. This is currently the operative indictment in this case.
Summary of charges
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.
On 15 December 2021, the Pre-Trial Judge admitted one individual as a victim participating in the proceedings.
On 28 January 2022, the SPO filed, as strictly confidential and ex-parte, its pre-trial brief.
On 14 April 2022, in his oral order, the Pre-Trial Judge set 31 August 2022 as the tentative date for transmitting the case file to a trial panel.
List of all hearings
Below you can find the list of all hearings in the Shala case. Please note that videos and transcripts will be added to the list as they become available. It will sometimes take days before a video or a transcript is available for certain hearings.
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