April 3, 2008 / 3:11 PM / 11 years ago

U.N. court clears ex-Kosovo PM of war crimes

Former Kosovo Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj awaits his verdict at the courtroom of the Yugoslav war crimes tribunal in The Hague April 3, 2008. REUTERS/Fred Ernst /Pool

THE HAGUE (Reuters) - The U.N. war crimes tribunal acquitted Kosovo’s former Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj on Thursday of charges of torturing and murdering Serbs during the 1998-99 war.

Haradinaj, considered a hero among Kosovo Albanians, was cleared of all charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity.

The verdict was met by loud cheers and applause from a packed public gallery.

Prosecutors had sought a prison sentence of 25 years.

Reporting by Alexandra Hudson

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