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Ex-KLA Chiefs Jailed for War Crimes

A court in Kosovo has jailed four ethnic Albanians for war crimes committed during the 1998 and 1999 conflict in the province. The group, all former members of the Kosovo Liberation Army, were found guilty of illegal detention, kidnapping and torture. United Nations officials are calling this the most significant war crimes trial to be held in the Serbian province since the end of the conflict. SENTENCES Rustem Mustafa: 17 yrs Nazif Mehmeti: 13 yrs Latif Gashi: 10 yrs Naim Kadriu: 5 yrs The accused included one of the Kosovo Liberation Army’s top former commanders, Rustem Mustafa, and his chief of intelligence, Latif Gashi. The court found them and two others guilty of imprisoning at least 13 men in a tiny shack and torturing them between August 1998 and May 1999. Five of the men were later found nearby in graves with bullet wounds to the heart and head. Full Story

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