Isni Kilaj was arrested yesterday in Kosovo by the Specialist Prosecutor’s Office, pursuant to an arrest order issued by the Specialist Prosecutor’s Office.
Isni Kilaj was transferred to the Detention Facilities of the Kosovo Specialist Chambers in The Hague today pursuant to a transfer order issued by a Single Judge of the Kosovo Specialist Chambers.
The arrest order was issued by the Specialist Prosecutor for Isni Kilaj for offences against the administration of justice, including obstructing official persons in performing official duties within the meaning of Article 401 of the 2019 Kosovo Criminal Code, Code No.06/L-074 (KCC) and violating secrecy of proceedings under Article 392 of the KCC, and Articles 15(2) and 16(3) of Law No.05/L-053 on Specialist Chambers and Specialist Prosecutor’s Office (Law).
The Specialist Prosecutor’s Office carried out the arrest with the support of the Kosovo Police and the European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo (EULEX). Under the Law, police within the Specialist Prosecutor’s Office have the authority and responsibility to exercise powers given to Kosovo police under Kosovo law. Under the Law, anyone arrested on order of the Specialist Prosecutor shall be brought before a Judge of the Kosovo Specialist Chambers within 48 hours of his or her arrest.
The first appearance of Isni Kilaj is scheduled to take place on Saturday, 4 November 2023 at 10:00 hours in the courtroom of the Kosovo Specialist Chambers (KSC) in The Hague.
The first Appearance will be a public hearing during which the Single Judge will make sure that Isni Kilaj has been informed of the reasons for his arrest and that his rights under the Law and the Rules, including the right to legal representation, are respected. Within 48 hours of the first Appearance, the Judge shall decide on the continued release or detention of Isni Kilaj.
The first Appearance can be viewed online with a short delay at https://www.scp-ks.org/en/streaming.
The hearing can also be followed from the public gallery of the courtroom at the premises of the Kosovo Specialist Chambers in The Hague. In addition, the KSC has a dedicated media centre on its premises from which journalists can work and follow proceedings with a short delay.
More details about visiting the KSC can be found here.