French court refuses to extradite ex-Kosovo PM Haradinaj to Serbia

French court refuses to extradite ex-Kosovo PM Haradinaj to Serbia said on Thursday 27, AFP News agency.

FRANCE, Reuters — A French appeals court has refused to extradite the former prime minister of Kosovo to Serbia.

Ramush Haradinaj has been released with immediate effect.

Haradinaj was a guerilla commander during the 1998-99 Kosovo war.

He was detained when he flew into France on January 4 following a request from Serbia.

Belgrade wants to try him for war crimes in connection with his role in the insurgency in its former southern province of Kosovo.

The arrest has further strained the ties between Serbia and Kosovo.

Pristina declared independence with Western backing in 2008 and has demanded Belgrade drop its efforts to prosecute people linked to the conflict.

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(Reporting by Gilbert Reilhac; Writing by Sudip Kar-Gupta; Editing by John Irish)