Kosovo Specialist Chambers (KSC) President Ekaterina Trendafilova on 21 September addressed civil society and journalists at an outreach event online. During the event, she answered questions, listened to people’s concerns and explained the mandate and the work of the Court. Outreach has been an integral element of the KSC’s communication strategy since the Court began its work.
“I appreciate that people took the time to join this meeting and am grateful that we had an opportunity to talk about the KSC and its work in an open and transparent manner,” President Trendafilova said.
In response to questions about the length of proceedings, the President spoke about the efficiency of the proceedings, the issuance of the first trial judgment at the KSC within less than eight months from opening statements in that case and the closure of the second trial proceedings. President Trendafilova noted that a third case was just transferred to a trial panel this week and that the fourth case is progressing at the pre-trial stage.
When asked whether the Court will ensure that the accused are treated fairly, President Trendafilova explained how the KSC legal framework guarantees the fundamental rights and freedoms provided under the Constitution and how the KSC adheres to the highest international human rights standards in the fulfilment of its mandate, including with respect to the rights of the accused and the rights of the participating victims.
President Trendafilova who is currently visiting Kosovo said she will continue to meet with journalists and civil society and explain the mandate and work of the Court.
Here are the President's talking points from today.