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|Minister of Transport and Telecommunication in the Government of the Republic of Kosovo|
9 January 2008 – 18 October 2010
4 February 1971 |
Banja, SFR Yugoslavia
Fatmir Limaj (born 4 February 1971 in the village of Banja, Mališevo municipality, Yugoslavia – now Kosovo[a]) is a politician from Kosovo. He is a member of the Democratic Party of Kosovo (PDK). Limaj served as Minister of Transport and Telecommunication in the Government of the Republic of Kosovo.
During the 1999 Kosovo War, Limaj was a commander of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA), in the Lapušnik area. His alias was Çeliku. After the war he was one of the founders of what is now Kosovo's largest political party, the Democratic Party of Kosovo. After his indictment, which he was freed from in 2007 (see below), he has returned to politics. After a two year serve at the Government of the Republic of Kosovo, Limaj was considered to be the most successful minister in the history of Kosovo. In the elections held in December 2010 he was third most voted leader in the whole country but he decided not to be part of the government. Limaj was charged of another war crime case by European Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo (EULEX), he was held for seven months in the house arrest and in 21 March the Court declared all statements of witness X as inadmissible whilst the whole indictment was based on those statements. Hours after that Limaj was released with the court order.
Limaj was arrested on February 18, 2003, in Slovenia. The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) charged him, Isak Musliu and Haradin Bala with war crimes against Serbs and Albanians regarding illegal imprisonment, cruel treatment, inhuman acts, and murders in Lapušnik prison camp. On March 4, 2003, he was sent to The Hague, and on November 15, 2004, the trial began. In November 2005, Limaj was acquitted by the ICTY. On September 2007, "The Appeals Chamber finds that the Trial Chamber reasonably found that Fatmir Limaj does not incur criminal responsibility for any of the offences charged in the indictment," Judge Fausto Pocar said. On press conference help upon Judge Pocar's ruling, Limaj said that this verdict opens new paths for new victories.
Notes and references
|a.||^ Kosovo is the subject of a territorial dispute between the Republic of Serbia and the self-proclaimed Republic of Kosovo. The latter declared independence on 17 February 2008, but Serbia continues to claim it as part of its own sovereign territory. Kosovo's independence has been recognised by 101 out of 193 United Nations member states.|
- Genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity
- "UN court acquits top Kosovo rebel". BBC News. 30 November 2005. Retrieved 14 May 2010.
- International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. Press Release: "Haradin Bala, Isak Musliu, and Agim Murtezi Transferred to the ICTY following their Indictment for Crimes against Humanity and War Crimes", The Hague, 18 February 2003. – Retrieved on 7 April 2009.