Ramush Haradinaj, a former guerrilla leader and former prime minister of Kosovo, was arrested Wednesday in France on Serbian charges of war crimes, French police sources confirmed.
The Serbian Justice claims him on suspicion of war crimes against Serb civilians during the Kosovo conflict (1998-1999), which faced to it then separatist guerrilla of the Kosovo Liberation Army (UCK) with Serbian forces.
Haradinaj, one of the commanders of the KLA, was arrested on arrival at the Basel-Mulhouse airport, on the border with Switzerland and Germany, on a flight from Pristina.
According to the sources, the former head of Kosovan government will be presented Thursday to the prosecutor’s office in Basel.
Haradinaj was prime minister between December 2004 and March 2005, when he resigned over allegations of war crimes of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, which acquitted him in two trials in 2008 and 2012.
In Kosovo he was received on both occasions as a hero, while his acquittal was considered “unfair” in Serbia, which issued an international arrest warrant against him in 2004.
Under it, the former prime minister, one of the most influential political figures in Kosovo, was arrested on June 17, 2015 in Ljubljana, but released two days later.
Kosovo, former Serbian province populated by a majority of ethnic Albanians, proclaimed in 2008 its independence from Serbia.