In a dynamic week for world-wide police agency Interpol, the organization has accepted two new members, rejected the application of Kosovo and named on Wednesday a new president after the previous one resigned following his arrest in China.
Kosovo faces another obstacle toward visa liberalization through its track-record against corruption and organized crime, reports Prishtina Insight. The European Union demands the country make inroads in it’s fight against corruption in order to have its citizens freely travel through the Schengen zone.
Suspected Bosnian crime boss, Naser Kelmendi, was sentenced to six years in prison in Kosovo for drug trafficking, but was acquitted of murder, organized crime, and other drug related charges, Reuters reported Wednesday.
The EU said Thursday it was investigating unspecified offenses allegedly committed by the chief judge of its mission in Kosovo who resigned while accusing the mission of not promoting the rule of law but trying to bring down the Kosovar political class.
The driver for the Kosovo Consulate in New York was among eight people arrested for trafficking arms and drugs and laundering money for Italian and Kosovo criminal groups as well as for Mexican drug cartels, BIRN reported Friday.
A court in Belgium sentenced a former senior Yugoslav intelligence official on Wednesday for collaborating with organized crime figures to assassinate a Kosovar Albanian activist in Brussels in 1990.
Controversial Bosnian party leader and former media mogul Fahrudin Radoncic told a court in Kosovo on Friday that a "mafia" connected to senior Bosnian Muslim politicians is the true culprit behind a murder for which his former business partner – and suspected drug kingpin – Naser Kelmendi stands accused.
An ex-commander of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) and former member of the country’s parliament was indicted Tuesday for allegedly leading an organized crime group that illegally obtained properties worth about €30 million (US$ 32.8 million).
Kosovo has granted the rights to search for coal over one-third of its territory to a company linked to retired US General Wesley Clark, an investigation by Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) partner the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN) has found.
The parliamentary chief of Kosovo’s ruling party resigned on Tuesday after leaked wiretaps revealed accusations of abuse of power at the top of the country’s politics and triggered weeks-long protests.
Scores of people took to the streets of Kosovo’s capital on Tuesday to protest corruption after wiretaps emerged showing alleged abuse of power by ruling party officials.
Kosovo’s chief prosecutor said Wednesday he could not reopen an investigation into high-level influence peddling, despite the leak of wiretaps from 2011 in local media that purportedly reveal abuse of power by the ruling party.
Environmental minister Ferid Agani, accused by a prosecutor of involvement in a bribery scandal, was released from his position on Monday.
Former Kosovo ruling party legislator Azem Syla, whom prosecutors accuse of running an organized crime gang that they say deprived the state and Kosovo Serbs of property worth about 30 million Euros (US$ 34 million), was heard in closed session at a Pristina court on Tuesday, reports Balkan Insight.
One of Kosovo’s ruling party lawmakers, Azem Syla, has returned to the country for questioning after being accused by authorities of running an organized crime ring.
Kosovo prosecutors initiated a crackdown on an organized crime gang, allegedly run by ruling party lawmaker Azem Syla, that they say deprived the state of public property worth about 30 million Euros (US$ 34 million).
Bosnian prosecutors today filed an indictment accusing former media mogul Fahrudin Radoncic and three of his alleged accomplices of pressuring a witness into providing false testimony and trading in influence.
Former Media mogul Fahrudin Radoncic, the leader of one of the parties in the ruling coalition in Bosnia and Herzegovina, says he will testify at the trial of suspected drug kingpin Naser Kelmendi in Pristina, Kosovo.
Enver Hasani, the former president of the Kosovo Constitutional Court, has been indicted for fraud, according to a Wednesday news release from the Special Prosecutors Office.
The European Commission (EC) has urged Turkey and Western Balkan governments to tackle organized crime and corruption if they want to meet European Union (EU) membership requirements.
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