Is there political tampering in the ongoing trial of the former Prime Minister of Kosovo, Ramush Haradinaj?
Why was he ever brought to trial when the qualified lawyers refused to indict him on the sparse evidence they had? Why was he indicted a second time on evidence almost identical to that of the first trial? And now, after four years of Haradinaj's being in custody, what is the likely result of the trial that is now ongoing?
Sir Geoffrey Nice QC explains some of the machinations at the trial of one of the central figures of the end of the former Yugoslavia, and in so doing points towards questions of possible outside interference in the service of external political aims...
This is an extract from the lecture 'International Criminal Tribunals: Experiments? Works in progress? Institutions that are here for good, or maybe not?' which was given as a part of Sir Geoffrey Nice's series of free public lectures given as Gresham Professor of Law. The full hour-long lecture be accessed on the Gresham College website here:
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