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Albania, Kosovo call for probe of ex-Hague Tribunal prosecutor Carla del Ponte

Albania and Kosovo are calling for an independent investigation into former Hague Tribunal prosecutor Carla del Ponte for her "tendentious and illegal role" in the case against former Kosovo Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj.

The comments Sunday come just days after the Hague-based tribunal cleared Haradinaj and two others of war crimes charges during a retrial. Haradinaj has twice been acquitted by the U.N. court of charges of murdering Serbs during Kosovo's 1998-99 war for independence.

The Albanian government says it was "shocked" by a recent statement of the tribunal prosecutors that del Ponte laid the charges without enough proof. A statement Sunday by Prime Minister Sali Berisha's office said Tirana would ask international institutions to launch an independent probe against her.