From the same court which denied a sick, elderly man the correct medical treatment.
21/04/2006(The Hague, DTT-NET.COM)
Judges of International Criminal Tribunal for former Yugoslavia (ICTY) have agreed on Friday to allow a former member of Kosovo Ethnic Albanians guerrilla to attend a memorial service of his daughter."The Appeals Chamber granted a temporary Haradin Bala's motion for temporary provisional release to attend his daughter's memorial service on 26 April 2006 in Kosovo. Haradin Bala is provisionally released from 23 to 27 April 2006, to allow him to spend the traditional mourning period with his family and community preceding the memorial service." ICTY said in a press release.The provisional release is subject to specific terms and conditions include UN Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK's) responsibility to take custody of the accused at Pristina airport and ensure his 24-hour protection and supervision. Bala Is not allowed to have "any contact whatsoever nor in any way interfere with victims or witnesses or otherwise interfere in any way with the proceedings or the administration of justice; Not to discuss his case with anyone, other than counsel, including not to have any contact with the media; Not to seek access to documents or archives" On 30 November 2005, the Trial Chamber sentenced Haradin Bala, former Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) prison guard of the Llapushnik/Lapusnik prison camp, to 13 years' imprisonment.Bala was found guilty of participating in the mistreatment of three prisoners at the Llapushnik/Lapusnik prison camp, his personal role in the "maintenance and enforcement of the inhumane conditions" of the camp, aiding the torture of one prisoner, and of participating in the murder of nine prisoners from the camp who were marched to the Berishe/Berisa Mountains on 25 or 26 July 1998 and killed. Bala appealed the sentence and the appeal is still pending.Haradin Bala was indicted with Fatmir Limaj and Isak Musliu, former members of the KLA.
Both Limaj and Musliu were acquitted of all charges and released. The Prosecution has filed an appeal in the case.Since its inception in 1993, the Tribunal has charged 161 persons for war crimes committed in the former Yugoslavia. To date, proceedings against 90 persons have concluded. Six indicted persons remain at large.