BERLIN – The French court’s decision on the fate of Alliance for the Future of Kosovo leader Ramus Haradinaj depends on whether Serbia’s extradition request will include new charges he has not been tried on at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, says Christian Tomuschat, an expert on international law.

It might be that Belgrade is claiming this is about completely different crimes, but that is where we lack facts and I can say no more, he told the Deutche Welle.

A French court has ordered former Kosovar Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj to remain in custody pending an extradition request from Serbia on war crimes in a case that has strained the already fragile ties between Belgrade and Pristina.

A court in Colmar in eastern France on January 5 ordered Haradinaj, a former KLA commander during Kosovo’s 1998-99 war, to remain in custody rather than be released under judicial supervision following his arrest by French police a day earlier.