Ahmeti says he was not sent to The Hague because "his war was just"

Ali Ahmeti, leader of DUI/Photo. MIA

"The Albanian is the one who makes decisions and he is the factor in this country," said the DUI leader tonight. Ali Ahmeti, at a party gathering in the Tetovo village of Želino, according to TV "Clan".

Ahmeti told the audience that in the conversations with Macedonian politicians, he told them that "Macedonians were vassals of Belgrade until 1990".

He added that now "the Albanian is the one who is the factor and who makes the decisions in the state, alluding to the large number of Albanians in high state positions.

- The Albanian is the one who makes decisions and he is the factor in this country: Bujar Osmani represents us in the OSCE, the Minister of Finance makes us proud in the Sveska Bank, also the ministers Nasser Nuredini, Kreshnik Bekteshi or Artan Grubi... The more values ​​we install, the more enemies we create. Mickoski doesn't like this and I know why - I didn't go to The Hague, because my war was just, so let Mickoski not answer me with a Kalashnikov! He watched the war only on TV, and I have signed an international agreement with NATO, America and Europe," Ahmeti told the residents of Zelino.

Contrary to Ali Ahmeti's "just war" claim, the only reason he and his associates were not held accountable in The Hague was the political bargain with the government of Nikola Gruevski, when he and other members of the DUI leadership were accused of war crimes in the 2001 conflict, but the so-called "Hague cases" were returned from The Hague, to be decided by the domestic judiciary. The cases of "Leadership of the ONA", "Unforgiven", "Mavrovski prajedare" and "Lipkovska brana" were processed in the International Court of Justice in The Hague, but in 2008 they were returned to the jurisdiction of the Macedonian courts.

Only the "Mavrovo workers" case was prosecuted (in which members of the then People's Liberation Army (ONA/UCHK) kidnapped and tortured workers of the construction company "Mavrovo", carving letters from the names of the bodies with knives), but in September 2009 the Criminal a court acquitted all those accused of mistreatment of Moorish workers from the conflict in 2001, after the Prosecutor's Office gave up prosecution.

In 2011, the authentic interpretation of Article 1 of the Amnesty Law was adopted, whereby the perpetrators of war crimes in the four Hague cases were amnestied, despite the fact that according to international law, cases of crimes against humanity do not have a statute of limitations and the perpetrators cannot be amnestied . According to published recordings of wiretapped conversations between officials at the time, the illegal amnesty was carried out by Gruevski's government due to the survival of his coalition with DUI, that is, practically due to remaining in power.

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