Hashim Thaci Net Worth Income Profile and Salary. Former leader of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) and prime minister of Kosovo since 2008, he was one of the main actors in the country’s difficult emancipation process, the last of which emerged from the ashes of the former Yugoslavia. As prime minister of Kosovo (autonomous province of Serbia under the UN administration since 1999), on 17 February 2008 he unilaterally proclaimed independence.
Hashim Thaçi was born into a peasant family of ethnic Albanian and Muslim religion in the mountainous region of Drenica, the traditional birthplace of Albanian nationalism. He studied philosophy and history at the University of Pristina, where he began his clandestine political activities as the first president of a parallel university organized by the Albanian-Kosovar students in 1989, in protest of the suppression of the autonomous regime of the provinces of Kosovo and Metohija, a decision of the Then Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic who exacerbated ethnic conflict.
In 1993 he emigrated to Switzerland, the center of the Kosovo Albanian exile, where he continued his studies of history and international relations at the University of Zurich. He was one of the founders of the Popular Movement of Kosovo (MPK), an organization of Marxist-Leninist inspiration dedicated to propagate a nationalism presumtamente popular, whose armed arm would be the Army of Liberation of Kosovo (ELK) or UKK (its acronym in Albanian). His co-religionists in Switzerland nicknamed him the Serpent, perhaps for his sinuous cunning to escape the police.
Several attacks on police officers earned him a twenty-two-year prison sentence in 1997, handed down by a Pristina court, and his classification as a terrorist. In March 1998 he was elected political director of the UKK, which was then engaged in guerrilla warfare against the Serbian police and army. Several Western newspapers reported that the UKK used drug trafficking to buy weapons, and the US State Department included it among terrorist organizations, claiming that it “finances its operations with money from international heroin trafficking” (2000).
His detractors accused him of collaborating with the Drenica Group, a Balkan criminal organization that controlled approximately 15% of all criminal activity in Kosovo: smuggling of arms and drugs, car theft and prostitution. A sister of Thaçi was married to Sejdij Bajrus, one of the great masters of the Albanian mafias who acted throughout Europe.
Thaçi acknowledged that he had deliberately killed the four Serbian policemen of Racak, an attack that was a provocation for the security forces and triggered, in turn, the internationalization of the conflict in 1999. During the war against Serbia, it became the Maximum leader of the guerrillas of the UÇK.
As military commander he participated as a member of the Albanian-Ukrainian delegation in the Rambouillet (France) negotiations, which took place between 6 and 23 February 1999, surprising the Western powers by their moderate attitude, which made him stand out on the Historical leader Ibrahim Rugova (1944-2006). The failure of the last opportunity for dialogue between Serbs and Albanians precipitated NATO’s military intervention against Serbia, sponsored by the United States and the European Union but without the UN’s endorsement.
Belgrade’s capitulation to the NATO bombings (June 1999) and the withdrawal of all Serb forces from the rebel province reinforced the Albanian-Ukrainian guerrillas. Thaçi then proclaimed himself prime minister of the provisional government of Kosovo, claiming that the strategy of non-violence advocated by Rugova had not given any result nor had stopped the ethnic cleansing nor the exactions of the Milosevic regime.