Serbia warns France over extradition of Kosovo ex-premier

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Former prime minister of Kosovo Ramush Haradinaj, second right, leaves the court escorted by hooded police officers in Colmar, eastern France, Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017. A French court has ordered the release of a jailed former prime minister of Kosovo pending a decision on whether to extradite him to Serbia, where he’s wanted on war crimes charges. (AP Photo/Jean-Francois Badias)  (The Associated Press)

BELGRADE, Serbia –  Serbia has warned that it will ignore future possible extradition requests for terrorism and other suspects wanted by France if it doesn’t a hand over a former Kosovo prime minister to the Balkan country.

The Serbian government on Friday demanded the “urgent and immediate” extradition of Ramus Haradinaj, who was detained last week in France on a Serbian arrest warrant.

A French court on Thursday ordered the release of Haradinaj pending a decision on whether to extradite him to Serbia, where he’s wanted on war crimes charges. He must stay in France under judicial supervision while his case is being studied.
Haradinaj, a former guerrilla commander in Kosovo’s 1998-1999 war for independence from Serbia, was cleared of war crimes charges by a U.N. tribunal.

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