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ICTY stays decision allowing ex-Kosovo PM to participate in politics pending trial

[JURIST] The appeals chamber at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia [official website] on Friday stayed a trial chamber decision [text; JURIST report] that would have allowed former Kosovo Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj [BBC profile] to return to political life in Kosovo pending his scheduled trial in 2007 [JURIST report]. The stay will be in effect until the appeals chamber issues its final decision on the terms of Haradinaj's provisional release, and until that time Haradinaj "will not be allowed to make any public appearance or in any way get involved in any public political activity." Haradinaj, a former commander of the Kosovo Liberation Army, was charged with torture, murder and ethnic cleansing [JURIST report] in March. Read the ICTY decision and press release.

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