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President Trendafilova Contemplates Revision of Nasim Haradinaj’s Sentence

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On October 12, 2023, the President of the Kosovo Specialist Chambers (KSC), Judge Ekaterina Trendafilova, announced her intention to review the sentence of Mr. Nasim Haradinaj, with the possibility of his release under specific conditions. This decision followed the receipt of a report from Registrar Fidelma Donlon regarding Mr. Haradinaj’s conduct during his detention at the KSC Detention Facilities.

In reaching this decision, the President consulted with the Judges of the sentencing Panels, as outlined in Article 51(2) of the Law on Specialist Chambers and Specialist Prosecutor’s Office. She also took into account the considerations detailed in Rule 196(3) of the Rules of Procedure and Evidence. Additionally, an oral hearing was conducted with Mr. Haradinaj.

The President recognized the severity of the offenses for which Mr. Haradinaj was convicted, particularly the grave impact of the disclosure of confidential information on (potential) witnesses. Nevertheless, she acknowledged several factors that might support the modification of his sentence. Notably, the President considered Mr. Haradinaj’s expressions of remorse expressed during the oral hearing and his commitment to avoid engaging in any actions that could be construed as offenses against the administration of justice in the future.

However, the President also took into account Mr. Haradinaj’s disciplinary record at the Detention Management Unit (DMU). While acknowledging some progress towards rehabilitation, she believed there was room for improvement. As a result, the President directed the Registrar to submit a report on Mr. Haradinaj’s future behavior at the DMU within a specific timeframe as part of the assessment regarding the potential modification of his sentence.

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