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July 8, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
A former Kosovo Liberation Army commander was wounded in a shootout with supporters of an ethnic Albanian political rival in the Yugoslav province, witnesses and sources said. Ramush Haradinaj was traveling before dawn with a relative, Daut Haradinaj, when the two were attacked in the Kosovo village of Streoce, said sources in Haradinaj's political party, the Alliance for the Future of Kosovo.
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March 5, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Ramush Haradinaj, who once was a nightclub bouncer and martial arts expert and rose to become a guerrilla chieftain and Kosovo's prime minister, faces trial today on charges that he mounted an "ethnic cleansing" campaign against Serbs. Haradinaj flew to the Netherlands last week and was put in a cell in the Hague court's detention unit, where codefendants Idriz Balaj and Lahi Brahimaj have been held since 2005.
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March 5, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Ramush Haradinaj, who once was a nightclub bouncer and martial arts expert and rose to become a guerrilla chieftain and Kosovo's prime minister, faces trial today on charges that he mounted an "ethnic cleansing" campaign against Serbs. Haradinaj flew to the Netherlands last week and was put in a cell in the Hague court's detention unit, where codefendants Idriz Balaj and Lahi Brahimaj have been held since 2005.
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July 8, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
A former Kosovo Liberation Army commander was wounded in a shootout with supporters of an ethnic Albanian political rival in the Yugoslav province, witnesses and sources said. Ramush Haradinaj was traveling before dawn with a relative, Daut Haradinaj, when the two were attacked in the Kosovo village of Streoce, said sources in Haradinaj's political party, the Alliance for the Future of Kosovo.
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August 25, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
Serbia has asked U.N. officials in Kosovo to arrest and extradite three former Kosovo Albanian rebel leaders to face trial for crimes allegedly committed during the 1998-99 war in the province. Justice Minister Vladan Batic said Hashim Thaci, Ramush Haradinaj and Agim Ceku must answer charges of terrorism, armed rebellion and genocide. Thaci and Haradinaj lead political parties in Kosovo; Ceku heads a local security force. A United Nations spokeswoman in Kosovo said the U.N.
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December 4, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Kosovo lawmakers voted 72 to 3 to name former rebel leader Ramush Haradinaj prime minister, ignoring concerns that a United Nations war crimes tribunal might indict him. Haradinaj, 36, ex-commander of the Kosovo Liberation Army in the western part of the Serbian province, pledged to prepare the U.N.-administered zone for what he called the "great challenge" of its future.
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December 5, 2004 | From Associated Press
Serbia on Saturday demanded that the United Nations administrator of Kosovo annul the election of the province's new prime minister, a former rebel leader accused by Serbs of war crimes. Serbian Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica said Kosovo's parliament had jeopardized talks on the province's future as well as regional stability by choosing Ramush Haradinaj, an ethnic Albanian who was a commander in the Kosovo Liberation Army.
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March 10, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
Kosovo's former prime minister surrendered to the U.N. war crimes tribunal at The Hague, a day after resigning. Ramush Haradinaj arrived at the U.N. detention unit under police escort after a flight from Pristina. He is to be charged in connection with atrocities allegedly committed during the 1998-99 war between ethnic Albanian separatists and Serb forces. Serbian officials accuse him of command responsibility in the alleged killing of Serb civilians by the rebel Kosovo Liberation Army in 1998.
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March 9, 2005 | From Associated Press
Kosovo's prime minister resigned Tuesday and planned to surrender to a United Nations court he said had charged him with war crimes. He insisted he was innocent. Ramush Haradinaj, who was in office for three months, said he would leave today for The Hague, where the tribunal is based. Haradinaj said his actions as an ethnic Albanian rebel commander during the 1998-99 war against Serbian forces were consistent with international law.
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March 6, 2007 | From the Associated Press
The chief Yugoslav war crimes prosecutor denounced Kosovo's former prime minister Monday as a warlord and "a gangster in uniform" responsible for dozens of murders during the province's 1998-99 war with Serbian forces.
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April 4, 2008 | Tracy Wilkinson, Times Staff Writer
The most senior Kosovo Albanian to be prosecuted by the U.N. war crimes tribunal was cleared Thursday of all counts involving the murder and torture of Serb civilians, a verdict that quickly inflamed passions across the Balkans. The decision to acquit and free Ramush Haradinaj, a former guerrilla commander and prime minister of Kosovo, was met with joy and cheers in the breakaway province, but fury in Serbia, where the credibility of the 15-year-old tribunal was immediately assailed.
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November 20, 2001 | DAVID HOLLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
European foreign ministers Monday rejected calls for independence by moderate ethnic Albanian leader Ibrahim Rugova, whose party was headed toward victory in Kosovo's parliamentary elections. Rugova said Sunday that Kosovo, a province of Serbia, Yugoslavia's dominant republic, is ready for independence "today or tomorrow," and that he expected it within three years.
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