Around 100 people have demonstrated outside the Swiss embassy in Kosovo against the planned extradition of a Kosovan freedom fighter from Geneva to Serbia, informs the National Information Agency “Presheva Jonë”
Protests in Kosovo over Swiss extradition
Pristina, 28 dec./AIK-Presheva Jonë
The man, a former member of the Kosovo Liberation Army, is accused of committing war crimes in 1999 against Serbian civilians and Albanians. He says he was in Macedonia at the time the crimes were committed.
He was arrested in Vevey in Switzerland in April and Serbia filed a request for his extradition in March. The Kosovan justice minister sent a letter to the Swiss authorities in May asking them not to go through with the extradition. “ A Serbian Court charges Shemsi Nuhiu of being the member of KLA in the area of Gjilan who is accused for crimes against the humanity”, continues saying to Information Agency “Presheva Jonë” the official from the Federal Office of Justice.
The protest outside the embassy in Pristina was staged by an organisation for Kosovan war veterans.
Nearly 5,200 people have signed a petition against the extradition. It was delivered to the Swiss justice ministry in mid-December.
The Federal Criminal Court rejected an appeal against the extradition in November, saying there was “no serious reason for thinking that the Serbian authority’s efforts were motivated by the accused’s social group, race, belief or nationality”.