Is There a U.S.-Backed Kosovo Leader who DIDN’T Kill People for their Organs?

One could be more general and ask simply whether there is any U.S.-backed Kosovo leader for whom there isn’t an international arrest warrant:

USA, France and England defend Ceku

Due to political pressures from the USA, Great Britain and France on Bulgarian Government it is not likely that the authorities in Sofia shall respond positively to yesterday’s request by the Serbian Ministry of justice and extradite Agim Ceku, former KLA commander and also former Kosovo prime minister, charged with genocide, murder of 669 Serbs and 18 other non-Albanians in Kosovo and Metohija in 1999.

‘Politics and diplomacy should not interfere with international law especially in the case of Ceku who has been charged with the most serious war crimes’, Serbia Minister of Justice Snezana Malovic said.

The former KLA commander was arrested on Tuesday evening at Bulgarian-Macedonian border on the basis of Interpol wanted list. Ceku was initially ruled a 24-hour detention prolonged by Bulgarian prosecution to 72 hours.

‘Sofia is waiting to receive documents from Interpol. On the basis of them it shall decide until Friday whether Ceku shall be extradited to Serbia or released’, Boris Velchev, Bulgarian Attorney general said yesterday.

Ceku traveled to Sofia at the invitation of Solomon Pasi, former Bulgarian foreign minister. They were to talk about admission of Kosovo to the NATO.

Immediately after Ceku’s arrest, spokesman of Kosovo Government said that the Government expected Ceku to be released soon.

Bulgaria releases ex-Kosovo PM Agim Ceku: court

SOFIA (AFP) - Bulgaria on Thursday released former Kosovo premier Agim Ceku, arrested on a warrant from Serbia, where he is wanted on war crimes charges, an AFP photographer in the court reported.

Ceku walked free after a prolonged hearing into whether or not Sofia should extend his detention. He was initially held in custody only for a period of 72 hours.

The former Kosovo premier was, however, asked to remain in Bulgaria until July 2, in case the prosecution appealed his release, judge Sonya Kocheva was cited by national radio as saying.

Prosecutors hinted they would not appeal.

Serbia’s Justice Ministry official Slobodan Homen said the decision to release Ceku from detention was a “political one.”

“Once again, politics overcome international law,” Homen told state-run Tanjug news agency.

He added that Ceku would be “sooner or later available to Serbia’s justice.”

“Our ministry is still awaiting official information from our Bulgarian counterparts and an explanation why Ceku has been released,” Homen said.

Ceku was detained on an Interpol arrest warrant at the Gyueshevo border checkpoint near Kyustendil on Tuesday night, while he was entering Bulgaria from Macedonia.

Serbia has since officially requested his extradition, while Kosovo insisted that Ceku be released.

The former premier and one-time top commander of Kosovo’s Liberation Army of ethnic Albanian guerillas was brought to the court Thursday heavily guarded and in handcuffs, the AFP photographer said.

Clad in an official black suit and a tie, he told the court that the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia at the Hague had already investigated crimes in the region and identified the people responsible for them, adding: “No charges were raised against me.”

“I am not a Serbian national and never was. Serbia cannot request the extradition of foreign nationals (other than) its own,” Ceku told the court.

Bulgarian media meanwhile reported that his lawyers presented the court with a letter from Kosovo premier Hashim Thaci [see his arrest warrant here], confirming that Ceku is a member of Kosovo’s diplomatic community.

They also tabled a written statement from the United Nations, saying that the detained person was under the jurisdiction of the UN’s interim administration in Kosovo, or UNMIK.

Bulgaria’s former foreign minister Solomon Passy had told the media Wednesday that he had invited Ceku to Sofia.

Serbia’s claim to have him extradited was meanwhile backed Thursday by Amnesty International that “called upon the Bulgarian authorities to extradite promptly Agim Ceku to Serbia… to face trial on war crimes charges.”

Kosovo’s prime minister for the two years leading up to the disputed territory’s unilateral declaration of independence from Serbia in February 2008, Ceku is wanted by Serbia for war crimes allegedly committed during the 1998-1999 war in then Serbian-ruled Kosovo.

Ceku’s detention in Bulgaria was not the first time an Interpol warrant initiated from Serbia caught up with him. He was detained in Colombia last month, and in Slovenia and Hungary in 2003 and 2004 respectively. […]

And how did a wanted war criminal get to Bulgaria? Well, notice how invisible are the recognizable statesmen of Kosovo — enough so that they can slip past border security, in this case Macedonia’s. Macedonia, of course, knows what the U.S. can do to it and therefore does what U.S. bureaucrats command, in this case: “Leave our Albanian boys alone”:

Agim Ceku invisible for Macedonia’s Interpol

26 June 2009 | 15:20 | FOCUS News Agency

Skopje. According to Macedonia’s Ministry of Interior, it was easy for Agim Ceku to cross the border, because the transcription of his name and surname in the personal documents differs from his names in the passport, according to which he has been wanted since 2002 and the system did not recognize him, Macedonian Vest newspaper reads.

Before being arrested in Bulgaria, Agim Ceku, former Prime Minister of Kosovo, crossed the Macedonian border without any problem. The Ministry of Interior announces that Agim Ceku entered Macedonia without being found, because of differences in the way of writing.

On the border checkpoint there is a computer system, which reads the foreign personal information of foreigners, who enters Macedonia. If a computer alarms about a person that Interpol searches, the system immediately locks. Even if a policeman wants to let the person go, he must inform the respective authorities because the next person, who waits, won’t be allowed to cross the border.

It is most likely that Agim Ceku has crossed the border here by new passport so nobody recognized him, spokesperson of the Macedonian Ministry of Interior Ivo Kotevski said.

A footnote on Macedonia, from Chris Deliso’s The Coming Balkan Caliphate:

Macedonia took in over 400,000 Kosovo Albanian refugees. However, when the country was no longer needed for Clinton’s military adventures, it was forgotten, and the long-term consequences of Kosovo — an emboldened pan-Albanian Balkan insurgency — were ignored…[America] began secretly supporting the NLA [(Albanian) National Liberation Army] from its Kosovo base, Camp Bondsteel, through logistical and communications support as well as secret arms airdrops to Albanian-held mountain villages in northwestern Macedonia.

For Macedonians, the nadir was reached in June [2001, post-Clinton], during a three-day battle at the Skopje-area village of Aracinovo, where NATO ordered the Macedonian Army to stop its operations and then spirited the heavily armed Albanian fighters off to freedom…[T]he public was shocked when it was reported that Islamic fighters and 17 American military contractors from the Virginia-based Military Professional Resources Incorporated (MPRI) had been found amongst the NLA’s ranks…From that moment, the humiliated and disappointed Macedonian public’s worst suspicions seemed to have been confirmed: America and NATO were in full favor of the Albanian guerrillas.