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Supreme Court orders retrial in war crimes case

05 September 2012

A panel of EULEX judges at the Supreme Court ordered the retrial in the war crimes case against Ejup Kabashi, Naser Hoti, Mustafa Hoti, Milaim Hoti, Nexhmedin Berisha and Jetulla Kabashi. The panel of judges granted the appeals of the defendants, annulling the verdict of the first instance court, except for the part related to the acquittal of Haxhi Mazreku.

In August 2011, the District Court of Prizren found Ejup Kabashi guilty of war crime against the civilian population in co-perpetration and sentenced him to five years of imprisonment. Naser Hoti, Mustafa Hoti, Milaim Hoti, Nexhmedin Berisha and Jetulla Kabashi were found guilty for providing assistance to the perpetrators after the commission of criminal offences and were sentenced to suspended six months of imprisonment.

The case against Ejup Kabashi et al. is related to crimes allegedly committed against the Serbian civilian population in the village of Opterushe/Opterusa in 1998.

The prosecution in the case was represented at the Supreme Court by a EULEX State Prosecutor.