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Supreme Court judgment on Llapi Group

Pristina 26 January 2011

Today the Supreme Court of Kosovo, in a mixed panel of three EULEX judges and two Kosovo judges, announced its judgment in the so called Llapi Group case. The Supreme Court, partially granting the appeals of the three defendants, returned the case to the first instance court for a (second) partial re-trial.

The Supreme Court returned count 8 of the appealed verdicts for retrial at the District Court, while counts 5 and 14 of the respective verdict have been affirmed by the court.

Once a decision on count 8 is reached by the District Court in Pristina, an aggregate punishment, considering the findings on all three counts, has to be determined.

On 2 October 2009 the District Court of Pristina found Latif Gashi guilty of war crimes against civilians as described in counts 5, 8 and 14 of the verdict and Nazif Mehmeti and Rrustem Mustafa guilty of war crimes against civilians as described in counts 5 and 8 of verdict.

The enacting clause of today’s judgement, with more details, can be found via the following link: http://www.eulex-kosovo.eu/en/judgments/CM-Supreme-Court.php