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Politician cleared of war crimes

A Kosovo court has cleared a senior politician and three of his associates of allegations that they tortured and killed Serb detainees during the 1998-99 Kosovo war.

A panel of three judges - two from the European Union and one from Kosovo - dropped the case against Fatmir Limaj, a former commander in the Kosovo Liberation Army that fought a separatist war against Serbia.

Limaj said the verdict proved that the KLA fought "a just and clean fight".

The case - run by an Italian prosecutor in the 3,000-strong EU rule of law mission in Kosovo - was largely based on the testimony of a key witness who later committed suicide.

A UN tribunal also acquitted Limaj of war crime charges in 2005.

Serbia rejects Kosovo's 2008 secession.


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