The pre-trial judge of the Hague-based Specialist Chambers of Kosovo (KSC), Nicolas Guillou has extended the detention of former Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) commander, Salih Mustafa.
This is the third time the court established to try war crimes allegedly committed by the KLA members during and just after the war in Kosovo (1998-2000), leaves Mustafa in detention.
He is the first one arrested with a confirmed war crimes indictment. He was arrested by in late September, 2020.
Salih Mustafa was Commander of a BIA guerrilla unit, which operated within the Llap Operational Zone of the KLA.
The indictment against Mustafa was confirmed on 12 June 2020, charging him on the basis of individual criminal responsibility and superior criminal responsibility with crimes committed by certain KLA members against persons detained at the Zllash detention compound.
He is charged with arbitrary detention, cruel treatment, torture and murder. He pleaded not guilty on each count.