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Kosovo’s War Ended, but the Shooting Didn’t. A Court Promises Justice.

Few if any Kosovars would dispute that but, with Serbian forces long gone, many are asking why so few of the hopes raised by the K.L.A.’s NATO-enabled victory in 1999 have been fulfilled — why nearly 60 percent of young people are unemployed, why corrupt politicians, many of them former K.L.A. fighters, can ransack the economy with impunity, and why witnesses in criminal cases against senior K.L.A. figures keep disappearing or refusing to testify.

“We thought it would be completely different,” said Mr. Rudi, the former teacher. “We thought we would have a functioning country with laws, institutions, security and a developed economy. We never thought there would be all this killing and stealing.”

Beriane Mustafa, the daughter of the murdered journalist, said she did not know who killed her father, “but I do know it was a political murder, probably by political opponents.” Mr. Mustafa’s murder and the attack on Mr. Rudi followed the defeat of the K.L.A., which had been reconfigured as a political party, in local elections in early October 2000.

The timing, Ms. Mustafa said, suggested “a kind of revenge” by fighters who, furious at being denied the political support they thought they deserved, calculated that “if we kill these people we will come to power.”

Source: NYT > World

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