Former Kosovo prime minister returns to Kosovo

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Associated Press

Posted on November 29, 2012 at 10:30 AM

Updated Thursday, Nov 29 at 11:01 AM

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — A former prime minister of Kosovo has pledged he will return to political life after a U.N. war crimes tribunal acquitted him for the second time of murdering and torturing Serbs and their supporters in Kosovo's war for independence.

Ramush Haradinaj returned to Kosovo on Thursday. He was given the red carpet treatment and greeted by Prime Minister Hashim Thaci. Haradinaj says "I will work with all of you to move this country forward."

The verdict was issued in the U.N. court's first ever retrial, which was ordered after appeals judges branded the 2008 acquittals of Haradinaj and Kosovo Liberation Army fighters Idriz Balaj and Lahi Brahimaj a "miscarriage of justice" because of widespread intimidation of prosecution witnesses.

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