War crimes trial of former Kosovo Albanian rebels begins Jeannie Shawl at 9:39 AM ET
[JURIST] The trial of three former Kosovo Albanian rebels began Monday at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia at The Hague. The three former members of the Kosovo Liberation Army, Fatmir Limaj, Haradin Bala and Isak Musliu, are accused of participating in a joint criminal enterprise to target Serb civilians, and perceived Albanian collaborators, for intimidation, imprisonment, violence and murder. The trial began after the presiding judge rejected a defense request to delay the trial so that allegations of witness intimidation could be investigated. Reuters has more. Limaj and Bala each face five counts of crimes against humanity and five counts of violations of the laws or customs of war. Musliu faces four counts of crimes against humanity and four counts of violations of the laws or customs of war. The ICTY has a press release on the start of the trial.
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