Specialist Prosecutor David Schwendiman announced this month that he will “reluctantly” step down in March 2018, as a result of the US administration being “unable to overlook [his] status as a retiree called back into service”.

Schwendiman was the first Specialist Prosecutor appointed for the Specialist Chamber when it was set up in 2016. The Chamber was established following five years of negotiations. It is expected that senior officials in the current Kosovo government are among the suspects who will be indicted for atrocities against ethnic Serbs and opposition Kosovars during the 1998-9 conflict.