The Basic Court in Gjakova has acquitted Fatmir Limaj, former commander of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA/UCK), of committing war crimes related to the killing of two Albanian civilians – Ramiz Hoxha and Selman Binishi.
The presiding judge of the case, Nikollë Komani, said the Court has failed to prove any link of the accused, Fatmir Limaj, with those who committed the murder of Selman Binishi and Ramiz Hoxha, GazetaExpress reports.
“The accused is acquitted of all charges,” said the presiding judge reading the judgment on Friday morning.
According to the indictment, the two Albanian civilians Hoxha and Binishi were killed on 2 October 1998 in Malisheva municipality during the Kosovo war, after according to the indictment, they were kidnapped by armed people with the KLA uniforms. In her closing statement the prosecutor of the case, Drita Hajdari, asked Limaj be convicted on the chain of command responsibility, after, as she said, he as a KLA commander did nothing to prevent the killings.
Limaj, expressed condolences to the family members of the victims but he said is not responsible for the killings. The indictment against Limaj on war crime charges was filed on 28 October 2016. According to the Indictment Limaj as KLA Commander of the 121 Brigade, took no reasonable measures within his competencies to prevent or stop killing of Raimz Hoxha and Selman Binishi.
According to the Prosecutor of the case, Limaj saw the dead bodies of the victims and know who allegedly committed the crime, but took no measures to find the perpetrators. According to the indictment, Hoxha and Binishi were killed as “collaborationist of Serbia”.