Salih Mustafa's trial closed to the public, the hearing of the fourth witness will end tomorrow

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(EPA-EFE / ROBIN VAN LONKHUIJSEN)

The hearing of the fourth witness of the Specialized Prosecutor's Office in the case where the former member of the Kosovo Liberation Army, Salih Mustafa, is being tried, continued today in the Specialized Chambers in The Hague.

The hearing continued with questions from Mustafa's defense lawyer and additional questions from the prosecution, parts of which remained closed to the public.

At the end of the hearing, the presiding judge, Mappie Veldt-Foglia, announced that the hearing of the fourth witness will continue tomorrow, when his interrogation is expected to end.

The broadcast of the session had technical problems which made it impossible to follow the first parts.

The fourth witness of the SPO, who bears the code W03594, started to be heard on October 12 and stated that he was sent by two masked persons to a detention facility in Zllashë where, according to him, he received inhuman treatment.

The trial against Salih Mustafa started on September 15, 2021 and so far four witnesses of the Specialized Prosecutor's Office have been heard.

This is the first trial that has started in the Specialized Chambers of Kosovo in The Hague and Salih Mustafa is the first detainee from the Special.

The indictment against him was confirmed on June 12, 2020, while he was arrested on September 24 last year, on charges of war crimes.

In his appearance before the court, Salih Mustafa pleaded not guilty.