AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Kosovo's former prime minister Ramush Haradinaj approved the rape, persecution and murder of Serb civilians when he led a guerrilla force in the 1990s, prosecutors at his war crimes trial said on Monday.
Haradinaj, a Kosovo Albanian who served as a regional commander of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) during the 1998-99 war with Serb forces before becoming prime minister, is charged with responsibility for torture, murder, rape and deportation.
"There was a saying: 'God in heaven, Haradinaj on earth'," prosecutor David Re said, summing up his case at the U.N. war crimes tribunal in The Hague.
"His degree of control was such... that the murders, tortures and rapes could not have occurred without his approval," he added.
Prosecutors are seeking a 25-year-sentence for Haradinaj, 39, and his two co-accused Idriz Balaj, the commander of the "Black Eagles", a special unit of the KLA, and Lahi Brahimaj, Haradinaj's uncle....(Reuters)
SerbBlog: Guess that this is just more that current Prime Minister Agim Ceku thinks that his KLA "doesn't need to apologize" for. You have to know that something is truly wrong with the entire political picture on Kosovo when every elected Kosovo Albanian "Prime Minister" is a sadistic war criminal.