The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia acquitted Ramush Haradinaj of six counts of crimes involving the murder and torture of Serbs and non-Albanians in the '90s.
'I feel nothing bad about Albanians,' he says. 'A man should be judged by his soul, not his nationality.'
The victory of his pro-EU party Sunday defied the Western view of Serbs as unwilling to let go of historical grievances. Now, a peaceful future seems possible.
The Democratic Party received 39 percent of the vote to Radicals' 29 percent. But coalition-building maneuvers mean the shape of the next government is still unclear.
On Sunday, Serbs will weigh in on whether to pursue a pro-European Union path or a more nationalistic, anti-Western route.
A product of the criminal Milosevic era, its odd nostalgia is the soundtrack to a new wave of nationalism.
The clash between UN peacekeepers and Serb protesters at a Mitrovica courthouse could bolster hard-liners in Belgrade ahead of May elections.