Alleged Kosovo criminals have Swiss residency permits

A report says two Kosovo politicians closely linked to the government and who are accused of involvement in alleged organ trafficking have Swiss residency permits.

This content was published on January 23, 2011 - 09:19 and agencies

The SonntagsZeitung newspaper said the Swiss Federal Migration Office has confirmed that both Azem Syla and Kadri Veseli have C permits, which they are only entitled to if their main residences are in Switzerland.

In mid-December, Council of Europe investigator Dick Marty issued a report into criminal activities involving members of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA), many of whom are now in the Kosovo government.

Syla and Veseli held top posts in the KLA and the political party that succeeded it and forms the current government, the Democratic Party of Kosova.

Both men are suspected of involvement in trafficking in human organs and murder. The newspaper says the German secret service listed them in 2005 as important figures in organised crime in Kosovo.

The SonntagsZeitung added that neither Syla, who has been reelected to the Kosovo parliament, nor Veseli hide the fact that they live in Kosovo.

The cantonal authorities in canton Solothurn, where Syla has a residency permit, told the newspaper they would clarify whether his election to the Kosovo parliament nullifies his right to live in Switzerland.

The name of the canton in northwestern Switzerland which gave Veseli a permit has not yet been made public.

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