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Ex-Kosovo PM pleads not guilty before war crimes tribunal

[JURIST] Former Kosovo prime minister Ramush Haradinaj Monday pleaded not guilty in his initial appearance before the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website]. Haradinaj, who resigned his post and turning himself over to the court last week, plead not guilty to all 37 counts of war crimes [ICTY indictment] including murder, persecution, and rape. His lawyers are seeking a provisional release pending trial. Haradinaj was a senior commander of the Kosovo Liberation Army, the ethnic Albanian guerrilla force which opposed Slobodan Milosevic during the 1998-1999 Kosovo war. AFP has more.

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