French appeals court authorizes extradition of ex-Kosovo PM Haradinaj

Reuters News
Posted: Apr 27, 2017 3:18 AM

COLMAR, France (Reuters) - A French appeals court on Thursday said it had authorized the extradition to Serbia of former Kosovo prime minister Ramush Haradinaj, who was a guerrilla commander during the 1998-99 Kosovo war.

Authorities had earlier detained Haradinaj as he flew into France on Jan. 4 following a request from Serbia, which says he is a war criminal for his role in leading a guerrilla insurgency in its former southern province of Kosovo.

The arrest has further strained brittle diplomatic ties between Serbia and Kosovo, which declared independence with Western backing in 2008 and has demanded Belgrade drop its efforts to prosecute people linked to the conflict.

(Reporting by Gilbert Reilhac; Writing by Sudip Kar-Gupta; Editing by John Irish)