Brahimaj, Lahi

Lahi BrahimajLahi Brahimaj was a member of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) and the deputy commander of the Dukagjin Operative Staff stationed in Jablanica. He ran the KLA detention facility in Jablanica from at least April 1998 until about 5 July 1998, for the purpose, among others, of carrying out the joint criminal enterprise by detaining and mistreating civilians. Brahimaj is a close relative of former KLA leader and former Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj and was subordinate to him during the 1998-99 conflict with Serb forces.

Brahimaj was indicted with Ramush Haradinaj and Idriz Balaj. He was charged with 18 counts of crimes against humanity and 19 counts of violations of the laws or customs of war for crimes committed by KLA forces beginning 24 March 1998. The alleged crimes included harassment, deportation or forcible transfer of civilians, imprisonment, torture, murders, rape, abduction and cruel treatment.

On 14 March 2005, Balaj pleaded not guilty to all charges against him during his initial appearance before the ICTY. On 3 April 2008, the ICTY Trial Chamber I sentenced Lahi Brahimaj to six years’ imprisonment for cruel treatment and torture as violations of the laws and customs of war. Ramush Haradinaj and Idriz Balaj were both acquitted of all charges.

The Appeals Judgement in this case was rendered on 21 July 2010.

The Appeals Chamber quashed the acquittal of Lahi Brahimaj and also rejected Brahimaj’s demand to reverse his conviction on the counts of torture and cruel treatment of protected witnesses, Brahimaj’s defense also called for a milder sentence, but the Appeals Chamber rejected the request, so that Brahimaj’s six-year sentence was allowed to stand.

An order was issued to bring the accused back to the detention unit where he remain pending furthers orders.

 

On 10 September 2010 and 8 December 2010 Trial Chamber II rejected two motions for provisional release submitted by Brahimaj’s defence.


On 21 January 2011 the Prosecutor submitted the revised fourth amended indictment charging Lahi Brahimaj with violations of the laws or custons of war and dropping the charges of crimes against humanity.


On 4 March 2011 Appeals Chamber dismissed the Lahi Brahimaj’s request for standing before the Trial Chamber.

 

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