While the Serbian government called for the KLA officials to be convicted as war criminals, international prosecutors could not prove the militant group had specifically targeted civilians. After some trials over the years, its former high-ranking officers generally walked free; they also came to assume top posts in the Kosovar government. Examples include Ramush Haradinaj, Agim Çeku and Hashim Thaçi, all of who became prime ministers of Kosovo; and Fatmir Limaj, former minister of transportation and telecommunications and current head of the political party Initiative for Kosovo.
In connection with Kerquki’s incident, Gazeta Express has "apologised to MP and former Kosovo Liberation Army commander Fatmir Limaj and his family for what it admitted was incorrect reporting about his case in the show," the Balkan Transitional Justice portal says. It adds that "Kerquki is the most recent in a line of Kosovo journalists and public figures to receive threats after publicly questioning the role of Kosovo Liberation Army in crimes committed during the war in the late nineties."
"No real experience with democracy"
The international media have largely focused on the killings of ethnic Albanians during the Kosovo War, which outnumbered those of Serbs. But "'how can you compare someone’s life in numbers?", Haraqija asked. The team of reporters, who regularly produce documentaries on different topics, felt that "after 17, almost 18 years, it was about time to say something" regarding the killings of 1200 civilians on the Serbian side, believed to be connected to the KLA.
We need to talk about it, even though the topic is sensitive. We are journalists.”
Haraqija himself has suffered intimidation while trying to do his job as an investigative journalist, covering political and social topics in the Balkans (not only related to the KLA). Kosovo has "no real experience with democracy," he said; but this is an observation he also makes for the rest of the Balkans.
In April 2016, Haraqija, Kerquki and another colleague were arrested in Skopje, Macedonia while working on a documentary regarding a conflict between the Macedonian army and ethnic Albanians. He said he still does not know why, with police simply having told him they needed a special permit to film the parliament.
People in the Balkans are still learning how to live in an environment where opinions may differ but should be tolerated, since they were raised to believe whatever the state told them, said Haraqija.