SPO denies request to release former Speaker of the Assembly of Kosovo, Kadri Veseli

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The Specialist Prosecutor’s Office in The Hague rejected legal efforts to release from custody Kadri Veseli, former Speaker of the Assembly of Kosovo, who has been charged with war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Kadri Veseli was arrested in November and was transferred to a pre-trial detention center of the Specialized Chambers of Kosovo at the Hague in the same day, and has been in custody since.

In a long response which bears the signature of Chief Prosecutor Jack Smith, the court’s decision says that Veseli should remain in custody.

The statement also mentions the possibility of sentencing Veseli to life imprisonment, as one of the reasons why he should not be released, even temporarily.

“Veseli has been charged with war crimes and crimes against humanity… including killings and torture. The crimes filed in the charges against Vesel carry a possible sentence of life imprisonment. This perspective creates a constant risk for escape”, read the statement.

 

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