“David Schwendiman said he is being made to leave the job at a critical stage of the tribunal’s work with no designated successor.

The chief prosecutor of a war crimes court for Kosovo has said he is being made to leave the job at a critical stage of the tribunal’s work with no designated successor – largely due to inertia in the US state department.

David Schwendiman said he had been asking the state department for more than a year to make a decision about the future of the position at the Hague-based court. But he heard only a fortnight ago that he had to leave by April, leaving virtually no time to find a replacement.

‘I have been given no assurances. It has essentially been radio silence since two weeks ago,’ he told the Guardian in a telephone interview from The Hague. The court was established under Kosovan law, but based in the Dutch capital to shield it from political pressure and threats.” (The Guardian)