INDICTMENT IN ABSENCE FOR SEXUAL VIOLENCE DURING THE WAR IN KOSOVO
Prishtinë, September 14, 2023 - The Special Prosecution Office of the Republic of Kosovo (SPRK) filed an indictment in Prishtinë Basic Court - Special Department, against two defendants with the initials I.R and D.D, for trial in absentia, related to a case of sexual violence during the war in Kosovo.
The Special Prosecution Office announces that the defendants with the initials I.R. and D.D. as members of the police forces of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Serbia, in violation of the rules of international humanitarian law, during a wide and systematic attack by Serbian military, police and paramilitary forces, against the Albanian civilian population in the territory of the municipality of Prishtina , knowing about the existence of such an attack, with the use of violence and other inhuman actions, committed sexual violence against the woman of Albanian nationality.
In this case, the victim suffered serious physical injuries to the body as well as permanent psychological trauma.
With these actions, the accused have committed the criminal offense "War crimes against the civilian population" from article 142 of the Criminal Code of Yugoslavia (which was in force at the time of the criminal offense), currently incriminated as Crimes against humanity by article 143 paragraph 1 under paragraph 1.7 of the Criminal Code of the Republic of Kosovo.
The Special Prosecution has proposed to the competent Court that the trial be held in absentia as all legal efforts to find the defendants have been exhausted.