A French appeals court has postponed a decision on the possible extradition of former Kosovo Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj, who was a UCK (KLA) commander during the 1998-99 Kosovo war.

The court has said a ruling on Haradinaj’s extradition will be made on April 6.

Following a request from Serbia, French authorities had detained Haradinaj as he flew into France on January 4. After a short hearing in a French court in Colmar, Haradinaj told reporters, “this is an abuse.”

“I am a political hostage. This whole procedure is not about the law, it’s mostly about politics. The 1998-1999 war was dealt with by the Hague Tribunal. Everyone involved in this decision will be embarrassed. I am to remain in France”, Haradinaj said.

Haradinaj’s Alliance for the Future of Kosovo party has urged French authorities to stop all legal actions against him.

Serbia said in January that it would refuse to extradite suspects sought by France if Paris failed to hand over Haradinaj.

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