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French court refuses to extradite Kosovo ex-prime minister

  • FILE - In this March 2, 2017 file photo, Ramush Haradinaj, a former Kosovo prime minister, appears in court in Colmar, eastern France. A French court refuses Thursday April 27, 2017 to extradite former Kosovo prime minister to Serbia to face war crimes charges. (AP Photo/Jean-Francois Badias)

    FILE - In this March 2, 2017 file photo, Ramush Haradinaj, a former Kosovo prime minister, appears in court in Colmar, eastern France. A French court refuses Thursday April 27, 2017 to extradite former Kosovo prime minister to Serbia to face war crimes charges. (AP Photo/Jean-Francois Badias)  (The Associated Press)

  • A Kosovar walks past a giant banner reading in Albanian "Ramush Haradinaj is Kosova" with a portrait of former Kosovo Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj in capital Pristina, Kosovo Thursday, April 27, 2017. A French court has refused to extradite Haradinaj to Serbia to face war crimes charges. The court in the northeastern town of Colmar said Haradinaj has been released. (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)

    A Kosovar walks past a giant banner reading in Albanian "Ramush Haradinaj is Kosova" with a portrait of former Kosovo Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj in capital Pristina, Kosovo Thursday, April 27, 2017. A French court has refused to extradite Haradinaj to Serbia to face war crimes charges. The court in the northeastern town of Colmar said Haradinaj has been released. (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)  (The Associated Press)

  • Kosovars walk past a giant banner reading in Albanian "Ramush Haradinaj is Kosova" with a portrait of former Kosovo Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj in capital Pristina, Kosovo Thursday, April 27, 2017. A French court has refused to extradite Haradinaj to Serbia to face war crimes charges. The court in the northeastern town of Colmar said Haradinaj has been released. (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)

    Kosovars walk past a giant banner reading in Albanian "Ramush Haradinaj is Kosova" with a portrait of former Kosovo Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj in capital Pristina, Kosovo Thursday, April 27, 2017. A French court has refused to extradite Haradinaj to Serbia to face war crimes charges. The court in the northeastern town of Colmar said Haradinaj has been released. (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)  (The Associated Press)

A French court has refused to extradite a former Kosovo prime minister to Serbia to face war crimes charges.

The court in the northeastern town of Colmar says Ramush Haradinaj was released after Thursday's decision. It did not give a reason for the refusal, and it is unclear whether Serbian representatives will appeal the decision.

Serbia's government requested his extradition after French police arrested Haradinaj in January on a Serbian arrest warrant. The arrest raised tensions between Kosovo and Serbia, and Kosovo lawmakers called on the European Union to intervene to secure his release.

Haradinaj, a guerrilla fighter in Kosovo's 1998-1999 war for independence from Serbia, was previously cleared of war crimes charges by a U.N. tribunal.

Kosovo declared independence from Serbia in 2008, which Belgrade has not recognized.