A French court on Thursday refused the extradition of the former Kosovar prime minister and KLA paramilitary commander Ramush Haradinaj.
The decision cannot be appealed and the former KLA commander can now return to Kosovo. Haradinaj, 48, is the leader of the opposition in Kosovo. He is wanted by Serbia for alleged war crimes in the 1999 conflict.
According to Serbian authorities, the former KLA commander oversaw a campaign of torture and killings of civilians. However, he has been tried by a UN Tribunal in The Hague and acquitted on two separate trials in 2004 and 2012. Belgrade issued the warrant claiming there was both new evidence and charges.
Haradinaj was detained on a Serbian arrest warrant in January and was later released on bail. The decision by the Colmar court was hailed by Kosovo’s Foreign Minister, Enver Hoxhaj.