Pjeter Shala, a former commander of the Kosovo Liberation Army has been arrested by Belgium authorities pursuant to an arrest warrant and confirmed indictment related to war crimes issued by a Pre-Trial Judge of the Hague-based Kosovo Specialist Chambers (KSC).
Shala will be detained in Belgium, pending any transfer to the detention facility of the KSC in The Hague.
Specialist Chambers announced that more information will be provided in due course, including information about the publication of the confirmed indictment.
Known as “Commander Wolf”, Shala stated in 2019 that has been summoned as a suspect by the investigators of the Specialist Prosecutor’s Office. During the war in Kosovo, Shala operated in Dukagjini Operational Zone, as a commander in the village of Dujake.
The Kosovo Specialist Chambers and Specialist Prosecutor’s Office were established in August 2015, by the Kosovo Parliament to investigate crimes allegedly committed during and just after the war 1998- 2000.
Currently facing confirmed war crimes indictments, detained in The Hague is the former President of Kosovo, Hashim Thaci, former speakers of Parliament Jakup Krasniqi and Kadri Veseli, former MP Rexhep Selimi, and former KLA commander Salih Mustafa.
Also, the representatives of war veterans, Hysni Gucati and Nasim Haradinaj are being detained in The Hague, accused of revealing without authorization, information protected under the law of the KSC.