About SITF

Clint Williamson Clint Williamson, Lead Prosecutor for the SITF
The EU Special Investigative Task Force (SITF) started forming in September 2011. It consists of international staff only and has been tasked with conducting a fair and independent criminal investigation into the war crime and organised crime allegations contained in the January 2011 Council of Europe (CoE) report of Senator Dick Marty.
 
The establishment of the SITF demonstrates the EU, US, and other partners, commitment to pursue an impartial and professional investigation into these allegations. In order to reinforce the independence and confidentiality of the this process the SITF will be primarily based in Brussels.

The January 2011 Council of Europe report of Rapporteur Senator Dick Marty contains serious and sensitive allegations of war crimes and organised crime. These allegations merit to be thoroughly investigated and it is important that these allegations are clarified. The SITF will follow the evidence wherever it may lead. However, this will be a complex and multi-national investigation which will take time to complete.

The fight against organised crime of all sorts is a priority and a strict obligation in the EU's relations with Western Balkan countries, including Kosovo.

In spring 2011, the EU Rule of Law mission in Kosovo (EULEX), with the full support of all 27 EU Member States, decided to set-up a Special Investigative Task Force with the view to further the investigation into the allegations contained in the CoE report.

The set-up of the SITF is a testimony to the importance the EU pays to the proper handling of this issue.

SITF Fact sheet (English)

SITF Fact sheet (Albanian)

SITF Fact sheet (Serbian)

Mr Clint Williamson took office as the Lead Prosecutor for the Task Force on 17 October 2011. Mr Williamson, a former US Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Issues, has the necessary experience of working with these kinds of issues at the highest levels. Immediately prior to this appointment he served as a Special Expert to the Secretary-General of the United Nations, focusing primarily on the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia. This tribunal is charged with prosecuting senior leaders of the Khmer Rouge and those most responsible for mass crimes committed in Cambodia during the 1970s. Mr Williamson has previously also worked as a Trial Attorney at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague. While at the ICTY, he supervised investigations and field operations in the Balkans, compiled indictments, and prosecuted cases at trial.

 

SITF at a glance

Clint Williamson Clint Williamson
The mandate of the EU Special Investigative Task Force (SITF) is to conduct an independent criminal investigation into the war crime and organised crime allegations contained in the Council of Europe (CoE) report of January 2011 by Senator Dick Marty, as well as other possible crimes connected to those allegations.

The SITF, formed in September 2011, consists of international staff only. It works under the authority of the EU Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo (EULEX) and, in order to further reinforce the independence and confidentiality of the process, the SITF is partly based in Brussels.
 
Mr Clint Williamson, who served previously as a prosecutor at the International Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia and as US Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Issues, is the Lead Prosecutor for the SITF.

 

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