Kosovo's former prime minister Ramush Haradinaj returned home Thursday after being released by a U.N. tribunal in the Netherlands pending the start of his war crimes trial.
Haradinaj, 36, resigned on March 9, a day after learning of a U.N. indictment accusing him of war crimes committed during the 1998-99 conflict with Serbian government forces. He had been in the U.N. tribunal's custody since. A panel of three judges released him Tuesday until the start of his trial.
Haradinaj is accused of leading a criminal plan to persecute, murder, rape and abuse Serbs and Roma, or Gypsies, in the ethnic Albanian-dominated province. He's also alleged to have participated in beatings and torture, including the abuse of ethnic Albanian civilians believed to have collaborated with Serbs.
He will continue to serve as president of the Alliance for the Future of Kosovo, the third biggest political party in the province and part of the governing coalition, a statement from his lawyer said.