"Effective witness protection system" needed in Kosovo

Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

Authorities in Kosovo have been urged to put in place an effective witness and victim protection system for people involved in war crimes trials.

The call has come from the United Nations human rights office in Geneva following the discovery on Wednesday of the body of a key witness in a park in Duisburg, Germany.

Agim Zogaj was a witness in the case against former Kosovo Liberation Army Commander Fatmir Limaj and nine others accused of war crimes allegedly committed at a detention centre in 1999.

Rupert Colville is the spokesman for the UN human rights office.

"The exact reasons behind his apparent suicide are difficult to ascertain but this does add to our longstanding concerns about witness protection in Kosovo. We call for an effective and independent witness and victim protection system inside Kosovo to be put in place. And only an effective and well-resourced witness and victim protection system in Kosovo will help render justice to the victims and end impunity regarding past violations."

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