Agim Kuci. Photo: Wimipedia/courtesy of Agim Kuci.
Agim Kuci told BIRN that he has been summoned for questioning by the Specialist Prosecutor’s Office in The Hague, which is investigating suspects over crimes committed during and just after the Kosovo war, from 1998 to 2000.
“Of course I will answer this invitation,” said Kuci, who served during wartime in the KLA’s Pashtrik Operational Zone as commander of Brigade 122, and later also commanded Brigade 123 in Sukareka/Suva Reka.
“We will prove our war was right,” he vowed.
Before the war, Kuci was an officer in the Yugoslav People’s Army. He is an expert in informatics, a branch of information engineering.
He is the uncle of Burim Ramadani, deputy minister of the Kosovo Security Force, and a former MP with Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj’s Alliance for the Future of Kosovo, AAK party.
He is also close to another former KLA commander who was invited last week for questioning in The Hague, Blerim Kuci. They both come from Suhareka/Suva Reka.
He said that the Kosovo Specialist Chambers, the Hague-based ‘special court’ which will try suspects charged by the Specialist Prosecutor’s Office, has “no reason to accuse any of the [KLA] liberation fighters”.
“Serbs should be accused. They burned, destroyed, occupied and raped, killed elderly people and children. We just protected our country,” he said.
Kuci said he has been investigated for war crimes before, but not charged.
“I was under investigation by the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia for around four years – from 1998-1999 to 2002-2003,” he said.
“They never communicated to me any details about any specific case, they were just investigating. Then after these four to five years, I received a letter saying that I did not have anything to do with war crimes,” he added.
Several other former senior KLA officials have also been interviewed or summoned for questioning over the last couple of months.
The Kosovo Specialist Chambers are expected to try former KLA fighters for crimes including killings, abductions, illegal detentions and sexual violence. No indictments have been made public yet, however.
The Specialist Chambers and the Specialist Prosecutor’s Office are part of Kosovo’s legal system but are based in the Netherlands and staffed by internationals. https://balkaninsight.com/2019/03/01/kosovo-ex-commander-vows-to-prove-kla-fought-just-war/