EU mission wants more evidence on Kosovo

A report says the European Union’s police and justice mission for Kosovo will not yet open an enquiry into criminal allegations made against the Kosovo leader.

This content was published on December 26, 2010 - 10:46 and agencies

A spokeswoman for Eulex told the NZZ am Sonntag newspaper that there was not enough information in a recent report by the Council of Europe to open an investigation into charges that Hashim Thaci led a mafia-style organisation.

“The state prosecutor always supports criminal proceedings with evidence,” said Karin Limdal.

The spokeswoman said Council of Europe investigator, Swiss senator Dick Marty, was sent a letter asking him to “provide Eulex with information or evidence supporting the charges he made in his report”.

On December 16 Marty accused Thaci of heading a criminal organisation during the Kosovo Albanian guerrilla war against Serbia in the late 1990s – a ring that assassinated opponents and trafficked in drugs as well as organs harvested from murdered Serbs.

On Saturday, the Kosovo ambassador to Switzerland, Naim Malaj, repeated Thaci’s statement that all of the charges were unfounded, and that the Kosovo leader was considering filing a lawsuit against Marty.

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