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Senior Kosovo leader to be tried for war crimes

A European Union judge has decided to put a senior Kosovo politician and former rebel leader on trial for the alleged execution and torture of Serb prisoners during the 1998-99 Kosovo war.

See AP’s report here.

The decision confirms an indictment filed by a EU prosecutor that Fatmir Limaj — a top former commander of the Kosovo Liberation Army — ordered the execution of two captured Serb policemen "with gunshots to the head" and tortured another Serb captive.

Limaj is one of 11 former rebels to be tried for war crimes against civilians and prisoners of war.

The crimes allegedly took place in central Kosovo between early 1999 and June 1999, when Kosovo came under UN and NATO control.

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