Nov. 5 (UPI) — Kosovo President Hashim Thaci stated Thursday he’ll step down from the submit to face fees of warfare crimes and crimes towards humanity at a particular worldwide courtroom at The Hague.

Thaci is the previous commander of the Kosovo Liberation Military throughout its combat for independence towards Serbia within the 1990s. The Netherlands particular courtroom was created to attempt wartime and postwar crimes throughout that combat from 1998 to 2000.

Thaci faces 10 warfare crime counts, accusing him and different liberation military fighters of being “criminally liable for almost 100 murders.”

The president stated he resigned to guard the presidency whereas disputing the costs, which have been confirmed Thursday.

“I can’t seem earlier than the courtroom as president. At present I resign from the place of president of the Republic of Kosovo,” he stated.

Former Kosovo overseas minister Petrit Selimi tweeted help for Thaci.

“Hashim Tha├ži based essentially the most profitable guerrilla in trendy historical past of Europe,” he wrote. “He declared independence of the nation. If a trial is a value he has to pay, it is a value I do know he is pleased to pay. We’re free in any case.”

Thaci and lots of Kosovo Albanians have stated the military fought a “simply warfare” for liberation towards Serbian rule.

The particular courtroom at The Hague has help from the USA and European Union.