Kosovo court jails ex-guerrilla fighter for war crimes

A Kosovo court with international judges has convicted a former ethnic Albanian guerrilla fighter of war crimes against civilians after the Kosovo war ended.

A statement Monday said Xhemshit Krasniqi was sentenced to eight years in prison for the "arrest, illegal detention, violation of bodily integrity, health and torture of several witnesses and unknown civilians" in Albania and Kosovo in 1999.

A Council of Europe report in 2010 claimed that leaders of the now disbanded Kosovo Liberation Army were responsible for the deaths of hundreds of Serbs, Roma and ethnic Albanians suspected of collaborating with the Serbs. The report said this happened during the summer of 1999, after NATO's 78-day bombing forced Serb forces to withdraw from Kosovo.

A special war crimes court for those matters was created last year.