Statement on the adoption of the constitutional amendments and the law by the Kosovo Assembly by Mr. David Schwendiman, Lead Prosecutor of the Special Investigative Task Force (SITF)
Brussels, 4 August 2015
The Lead Prosecutor of the European Union Special Investigative Task Force (SITF), Mr. David Schwendiman, made the following statement:
“The Kosovo Assembly adopted the Constitutional Amendments and the Law paving the way for the establishment of the Specialist Chambers and the Specialist Prosecutor’s Office. I am encouraged by the outcome of this vote as it brings Kosovo one step closer to addressing, once and for all, the very serious allegations contained in the Council of Europe report of January 2011.
We emphasise that the process of establishing the Specialist Chambers and the Specialist Prosecutor’s Office is not yet complete, and further steps still need to be taken. As such, we encourage all actors involved to pursue their efforts so that this judicial mechanism can be functional as early as possible.
The Law and the Specialist Chambers and Specialist Prosecutor's Office are what we need to take things to the next level.”
SITF at a glance
The Special Investigative Task Force (SITF) was formed in September 2011 to conduct an independent criminal investigation into the allegations contained in the Council of Europe report of January 2011 by Senator Dick Marty.
In September 2016 the SITF transitioned into the Specialist Prosecutor’s Office (SPO). It consists of international staff and is located in The Hague (the Netherlands).
Mr. David Schwendiman of the United States has been the SITF Lead Prosecutor since May 2015, and was appointed on 01 September 2016 as the Specialist Prosecutor. Mr. Schwendiman brings with him a wealth of professional and academic experience working at the highest levels in both international and domestic criminal prosecution. Prior to joining the SITF, Mr. Schwendiman served, among others, in Afghanistan and in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Mr. Schwendiman succeeds Mr. Clint Williamson, who was the SITF Lead Prosecutor from October 2011 until August 2014.