Limaj, Fatmir

Fatmir Limaj / photo courtesy of the ICTY

According to the indictment, Limaj was allegedly a commander of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) and supposedly responsible for the Llapushnik prison camp located in the municipality of Glogovac (central Kosovo). The Trial Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) found that the Prosecution proved that civilians were detained by the KLA in the Llapushnik prison camp in June and July 1998, and that three prisoners were murdered by KLA soldiers. Most of the prisoners at the camp were subjected to cruel treatment, and four were tortured. Nine prisoners from the camp were murdered in the nearby Berishe Mountains by Haradin Bala and one or two other prison guards.

On 30 November 2005, Trial Chamber II of the ICTY found Fatmir Limaj not guilty of the crimes committed at Llapushnik prison camp. The Trial Chamber found that it could not be proven beyond reasonable doubt that Fatmir Libaj had any role in the prison camp, or in the executions, or that he had any criminal responsibility for any of the offences he was charged with in the indictment. He was released from the Tribunal's Detention Unit on 1 December 2005 following his acquittal. Both the Prosecution and Haradin Bala filed notices of appeal.

On 27 September 2007, the Appeals Chamber upheld the Trial Chamber judgment.

Limaj was indicted together with Haradin Bala and Isak Musliu (Limaj et al).

On 19 July 2008, Serbia’s War Crimes Prosecutor announced that he had launched an investigation against Fatmir Limaj. The Prosecutor of the War Crimes Chamber held that those crimes were not included in the ICTY`s indictment against Limaj.

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