Haradin Bala (born 10 June 1957, in Glogovac, Yugoslavia), also known as “Shala”, is Kosovo-Albanian and former commander of the Albanian militant organization UÇK. Bala found guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity against Serbs and Albanians by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. His trial ended on 30 November 2005 and he was sentenced to 13 years imprisonment. He was especially convicted of crimes at the Lapušnik prison camp between May and July 1998 and executing orders to kill a certain number of Serbian civilians in the Beriša Mountains on 25 July 1998. The killings took place after the fall of Lapušnik as a result of the Serbian Army advances in Kosovo.
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|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 99 out of 193 United Nations member states.|