From: Die Morina van Uijtregt
US Officials Say War Criminals in Kosovo to Be Brought to Justice, Regardless of Nationality

The US Ambassador-at-Large for the Office of Global Criminal Justice Morse H. Tan and the US Ambassador to Kosovo, Philip Kosnett reiterated the United States commitment to bringing all war criminals to justice, regardless of their nationality.

A statement issued by the US Embassy in Kosovo quotes Ambassador Kosnett saying that the “answer to injustice is more justice.”

While Ambassador Tan discussed the daunting challenges the Special Prosecution Office in Kosovo (SPRK) faces in bringing these important cases to completion.

The remarks were made during a meeting of Tan and Kosnett with Kosovo Chief State Prosecutor Aleksander Lumezi, and prosecutors from the War Crimes Department of the SPRK, including Chief Blerim Isufaj.

The statement says Lumezi informed the Ambassadors that while his Office had taken substantial steps, the SPRK inherited more than 900 uncompleted cases from the European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo (EULEX), and more resources were necessary to continue to make headway.

While Isufaj informed the group that a lack of coordination with Serbia and an inability to join INTERPOL and other international groups hindered their work.

Deputy Chief, prosecutor Valdet Gashi said his office had filed 19 indictments, with one reaching final adjudication.

Office of Global Criminal Justice and the US Embassy committed additional support to the War Crimes Department.