Justice and Its Perversion
by Center for Islamic Pluralism
The Center for Islamic Pluralism, an international network of Muslim scholars, authors, journalists, Sufi sheikhs, babas, clerics, and adherents and activists in 28 countries, takes note of two worthy acts of justice and two gross examples of its perversion by European authorities.
Haradinaj, Brahimaj, and Balaj were twice tried and twice acquitted, although Haradinaj was imprisoned at The Hague for nearly four years and Brahimaj served a sentence of six years. We call on the ICTY to compensate Ante Gotovina, Mladen Markač, Ramush Haradinaj and Lahi Brahimaj for the false imprisonment they underwent.
Third, we further support Lëvizje VETËVENDOSJE! in its protest against the announcement by the so-called "European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo (EULEX)" of the arrest and 30-day detention on November 24, 2012, of another veteran of the Kosova liberation war, Fatmir Limaj, with three of his comrades, Nexhmi Krasniqi, Naser Shala and Naser Krasniqi, for alleged war crimes. Limaj was exonerated of such charges by the ICTY in 2005 and the four accused were exculpated again by the Kosova Supreme Court in May 2012.
On the latest action against Limaj, Lëvizje VETËVENDOSJE! commented "The re-trial decision on the Kleçka case is a decision to eliminate Fatmir Limaj politically. It follows Fatmir Limaj's demands for democracy within his own party, PDK [Democratic Party of Kosova]. Now that PDK's internal elections are occurring, Fatmir Limaj represents an obstacle to [Kosova secret police] ShIK's plans to take complete control of PDK. It appears that Fatmir will not be allowed to contest Kadri Veseli's position in PDK. EULEX is fighting the internal political opponents of [PDK leader and Kosova prime minister] Hashim Thaçi."
EULEX has pursued likewise the unethical goal of equating those who suffered and fought against Serbian attempted genocide with their oppressors. But EULEX is worse than the ICTY because EULEX represents a foreign intrusion into the internal governance of the Republic of Kosova. EULEX should be removed from Kosova immediately.
Fourth, we learned with dismay that a British court on November 13, 2012, ordered the release of Omar Mahmoud Othman, alias Abu Qatada, a notorious Wahhabi extremist, from a deportation order to Jordan. Abu Qatada, who will be allowed to remain in the UK, has been described in Western media as "an alleged terrorist." We do not consider Abu Qatada anything but a genuine terrorist who should face a Muslim court in Jordan for his crimes.
The British authorities had recourse to the same false doctrine of "moral equivalence" formerly applied by the Hague tribunal, repudiated in the cases of Gotovina, Markač, Haradinaj, Brahimaj, and Balaj cases, yet maintained nefariously by EULEX, in equating the judicial system of Jordan with violence and terror. Abu Qatada should be deported to Jordan forthwith.
Stephen Suleyman Schwartz, Executive Director
Dr Irfan Al-Alawi, International Director
Kamal Hasani, General Studies Director