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Supreme Court confirms war crime verdict in appeal judgment

15 June 2011

A mixed panel of Kosovo and EULEX judges in an appeal judgment at the supreme court decided to reject an appeal by the defense counsel and affirm the verdict of the district court of Pejë/Peć against Gjelosh Krasniqi from 29 April 2009 in its entirety.

The court in Pejë/Peć had found Gjelosh Krasniqi guilty of war crimes against the civilian population. This includes hostage taking, unlawful property confiscation and pillaging. He was sentenced to seven years of imprisonment.

The Supreme Court did not find any violations of criminal procedure or the criminal law. It also found the determination of the facts as properly conducted in the first instance and the imposed punishment appropriate.

The judgment was issued on 14 June 2011.