Hiding in Plain Sight - Kosovo’s Protected Witnesses

Serbeze Haxhiaj Palermo, Pristina

A new court faces old problems in protecting witnesses to a dark chapter in Kosovo’s fight for freedom.

Former fighters of the Kosovo Liberation Army. Photo: Hazir Reka

Halil opened the metal door and instinctively placed his right hand on the Austrian-made Glock pistol in a holster on his belt. A camera kept watch above the entrance to the house, which was set back from the road. The precautions have become ritual.

Seventeen years have passed since Halil (not his real name) says he was detained and tortured by Kosovo Albanian guerrillas in a secret prison in the mountains of northern Albania.

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