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Kosovo court facing tough challenges in search for justice

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — A court in The Hague has summoned a small group of former Kosovo freedom fighters for questioning about their roles in the 1998-99 war of independence.

The orders to appear in The Hague haven’t been confirmed by the prosecutor preparing cases for the court, who declined to be interviewed, but they have been widely publicized in Kosovo, where the court is viewed with suspicion by many.

Kosovo Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj — himself twice acquitted of war crimes and crimes against humanity by a U.N. court — met Sunday with two fellow former fighters preparing to face questioning in The Hague.

Haradinaj said the 1998-1999 war was “clean and sacred.”

Lawyer Arianit Koci said the men, Rrustem Mustafa and Sami Lushtaku, were set to be interviewed Monday and Wednesday, respectively.