Kosovo's President Resigns to Face War Crimes Charges in The Hague

President of Kosovo Hashim Thaçi resigned and departed the country on Thursday, November 5, to face charges of war crimes at a special court in The Hague.

The indictment against 52-year-old Thaçi, who was a commander in the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) during the country’s war against Serbia from 1998 to 1999, was made public on June 24, 2020.

The Kosovo Specialist Prosecutor’s Office (SPO), which announced the indictment, said in its statement that Thaçi, along with several other members of the KLA, was alleged to be “criminally responsible for nearly 100 murders.”

Thaçi denies any wrongdoing.

This footage shows a vehicle carrying Thaçi arriving at Pristina International Airport on Thursday following his resignation. A flight carrying Thaçi and two other former KLA members included in the indictment then departed for The Hague, according to Kosovar media and agency reports.

The Speaker of the Assembly of Kosovo, Dr. Vjosa Osmani, was appointed to the role of acting president. Credit: Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty via Storyful