THE HAGUE – A special court to try crimes committed by the so-called Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA / UCK) will be set up in The Hague and should start work during the year, a move welcomed by Dutch officials, who said it was important that justice be done.


According to a release from the Dutch government, the court will “try serious crimes allegedly committed in 1999-2000 by members of the KLA against ethnic minorities and political opponents.”

“Possible suspects may be seen by sections of Kosovo society as freedom fighters, and witnesses may feel threatened in Kosovo. This is why the option of trying cases outside Kosovo was explored,” the release said.

“It is important for justice to be done,” said Dutch Foreign Minister Bert Koenders.

The court, made up of international judges, is to be established under Kosovo law as a Kosovo court administering justice outside Kosovo.