Tirana, Albania (AP) —A former British judge on Monday called a legitimate European Union watcher in Kosovo for political interference in many trials aimed at destroying the Albanians in Kosovo.
Malcolm Simmons has filed a charge against the EU Rule of Law Mission (EULEX) in Kosovo during a digital call with a Kosovo lawmaker.
Simmons resigned from EULEX four years ago and has since accused the organization of “trying to defeat part of Kosovo’s political class.”
According to a statement from the Kosovo Assembly, Simmons “argued for political intervention in many trials,” and said he would only release details when lawmakers began an investigation.
Five former Kosovo war commanders, including a former president and a parliamentary speaker, are being tried in Hague for crimes related to the 1998-1999 war committed by Kosovo for independence from Serbia.
However, according to a statement, Simmons accused EULEX of not being interested in investigating war crimes against Albanians in Kosovo committed by Serbs. Simmons also claimed that a Serbian file suspected of committing a war crime had been sent to Serbia.
EULEX argued that it had never handed over a war crime case to a Serbian prosecutor, denying the accusation that it had “never relinquished authority over investigation files and cases,” and demanded that Simmons submit evidence. did.
“Malcolm Simmons’ statement in Congress today is a collection of unexpected, unfounded speculations, truths and personal opinions,” EULEX said in a statement emailed to the Associated Press. .. It also called Simmons’ remarks a “intentional disinformation campaign” aimed at damaging the credibility of the mission.
Simmons has been a mission judge since 2008 and was the Supreme Court judge until his resignation from 2014 to 2017.
EULEX said Simmons’ accusations reflected his “dissatisfaction” with the results of three investigations conducted by EU authorities in Brussels against him and were forwarded to British authorities for further action.
Simmons failed to work with the investigative team and did not provide evidence to support his claim, EU LEX said. A British court also dismissed his claim.
In 2017, Simmons told France’s Lemond newspaper that neither the UK nor the EU had supported the Kosovo program’s call for corruption investigations and therefore resigned.
The 1998-1999 war killed more than 10,000 people. Most of them are Albanians from Kosovo, and more than 1,600 have not yet been described. The battle ended after 78 days of NATO aerial operations against Serbian troops.
Albanian-dominated Kosovo declared independence from Serbia in 2008. This move has been recognized by many Western nations, but not by Serbia and its allies Russia and China.