Kosovo’s President to Be Represented at Specialist Chambers by Former US Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes

Today, on July 13, Kosovo’s President Hashim Thaci will be questioned at the Kosovo Specialist Chambers in relation to charges of war crimes during the Kosovo War.

Thaci will be represented by American lawyer Pierre-Richard Prosper, who has previously served as Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Issues under the Bush administration from 2001 to 2005.

Earlier, from 1996 to 1998, Prosper had served as a war crimes prosecutor for the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. During that time he prosecuted the first-ever case of genocide under the 1948 Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide.

Besides winning the 14-month long trial, Prosper also broke new ground in international law by managing to convince the Tribunal to acknowledge rape during times of conflict as an act of genocide and a crime against humanity.