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|Deputy Prime Minister|
9 September 2017 – 26 December 2019
|Prime Minister||Ramush Haradinaj|
|Leader of NISMA|
|Assumed office |
28 February 2014
|Preceded by||New Office|
|Minister of Transport and Telecommunication in the Government of Kosovo|
9 January 2008 – 18 October 2010
|Born||4 February 1971|
Banje, Mališevo, Autonomous Province of Kosovo and Metohija, SFR Yugoslavia
|Political party||Democratic Party (1999–2014)|
Fatmir Limaj (born 4 February 1971), is a Kosovo-Albanian politician.[a] He is the leader of Nisma për Kosovën. Limaj served as Minister of Transport and Telecommunication in the government of the Republic of Kosova. He was known as "Çeliku" during the Yugoslav wars.
Fatmir Limaj is a politician from Banjë, a village in Malishevë, 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. 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 Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo (EULEX), he was held for seven months in the house arrest and on 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 18 February 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 4 March 2003, he was sent to The Hague, and on 15 November 2004, the trial began. In November 2005, Limaj was acquitted by the ICTY. In 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.
Limaj was found not guilty by an international court in 2018 for the murder of two Albanians during the separatist war.
Notes and references
|a.||^ The political status of Kosovo is disputed. Having unilaterally declared independence from Serbia in 2008, Kosovo is formally recognised as an independent state by 97 UN member states (with another 15 states recognising it at some point but then withdrawing their recognition), while Serbia continues to claim it as part of its own sovereign territory.|
- http://www.icty.org/x/cases/limaj/cis/en/cis_limaj_al_en.pdf[bare URL PDF]
- Genocide, War Crimes, and Crimes Against Humanity. Human Rights Watch. p. 1.
- "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 7 April 2009.
Currently holds the post of Deputy Prime Minister of Kosovo