Haradin Bala

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Haradin Bala (10 June 1957 – 31 January 2018), also known as Shala, was a Kosovo Albanian former commander of the Albanian militant organization Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA, or UÇK in Albanian).

He was convicted of war crimes and crimes against humanity against Serbs and moderate 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, particularly for crimes at the Lapušnik prison camp between May and July 1998 and executing orders to kill Serb civilians in the Beriša Mountains on 25 July 1998, after the fall of Lapušnik as a result of the Serbian Army advances in Kosovo.[1] Bala died on 31 January 2018.[2]


  1. ^ Profile, ICTY.org; accessed 24 May 2015.
  2. ^ "Kosovo's Only Hague Tribunal Convict Dies". Balkan Insight. 31 January 2018. Retrieved 9 February 2018. 


a.   ^ Kosovo is the subject of a territorial dispute between the Republic of Kosovo and the Republic of Serbia. The Republic of Kosovo unilaterally declared independence on 17 February 2008, but Serbia continues to claim it as part of its own sovereign territory. The two governments began to normalise relations in 2013, as part of the Brussels Agreement. Kosovo has received formal recognition as an independent state from 113 out of 193 United Nations member states.