Press Release . Communiqué de presse
(Exclusively for the use of the media. Not an official document)
The Hague, 8 March 2005
BEQA BEQAJ PROVISIONALLY RELEASED
Today, 8 March 2005, Beqa Beqaj was provisionally released following an order issued on 4 March 2005 by Trial Chamber I, consisting of Judge Liu (Presiding), Judge El Mahdi and Judge Orie.
Beqaj’s provisional release is subject to the specific terms and conditions set out in the Decision.
On 21 October 2004, an indictment was issued against Beqa Beqaj containing charges of "contempt, attempted contempt and incitement to contempt of the Tribunal". This indictment was confirmed by the Trial Chamber on 29 October 2004.
The indictment against Beqa Beqaj, a relative of Isak Musliu, states that "From on or about 17 February 2003 through to on or about 19 October 2004, Beqa Beqaj individually and in concert with others (…), knowingly and willfully interfered with the administration of justice by threatening, intimidating, offering a bribe to or otherwise interfered with witnesses or potential
witnesses…" in the Limaj et al. case.
On 5 November 2004, Beqa Beqaj was transferred to the Tribunal. He pleaded not guilty to the charges in the indictment during his initial appearance on 8 November 2004.
The full text of the Order can be obtained from the Media Office.