French Court Orders Release of Ramush Haradinaj

BELGRADE – A French court ordered to release Ramush Haradinaj, a former Kosovo guerrilla commander and prime minister, arrested last week at the request of Serbia.

The court in the city of Colmar ruled on January 12 that Haradinaj can remain under judicial supervision on bail while his case is being considered.

Haradinaj has no permission to leave France.

Haradinaj, 48, was detained on January 4 by police at Basel Mulhouse Freiburg airport in eastern France and is wanted in Serbia on suspicion of committing war crimes, including kidnappings and torture, when he was a KLA fighter during Kosovo’s war.

The lawyer of Haradinaj now intends to void Interpol alert on former Kosovo prime minister and Serbian extradition request, according to the BFMTV broadcaster. “These accusations that came from Serbia are purely political. What you are doing here is an abuse of law,” Hardinaj is quoted as saying in front of the tribunal, in French.

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