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Police Statement of the Arrests of Criminals charged with Organised Crimes

Read the statement from the Kosovo Police about their operation on May 28th.

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Additional information regarding police operation realized on 28 may 2019

Pristina, 31 may 2019

As it is made known by date 28 may 2019, Kosovo police in co-operation with kosovo police inspectorate, with the orders of the fundamental court in pristina and led by the special prosecution of the republic of kosovo has implemented order control in some Separate locations in the entire territory of the republic of Kosovo.

This police operation has aimed at fighting corruption and organised crime, the raid and arrest several police officials, where the day of the implementation of the operation have been arrested (19) police members who have been suspicious, (10 ) citizens who have been suspected, (9) other citizens who have hampered police officials in conduct of duty as well as (1) official unmik.
As continuity of investigations over this case have so far been arrested (3) Official Police who have been involved in arrest order.

All arrested persons are treated according to legal standards and procedures, respecting their rights and freedoms, guaranteed by law.

This police operation has preceded a several-month investigation of ipk and pk, with suspicion based on involvement of several police officials and citizens in works; “participation or setup of the criminal group”, about other works Criminal like; ” Kontrabandim with goods “, ” misuse of the official position “, ” for of bribes “, ” Forbidden trade ” etc.

The Police plan has begun that it zbatuari as planned in all regions in which mainly have passed without incidents, excluded the region of zubin potok, where in the country called “klisurë”, unknown persons have placed obstacles on the streets like trees, Ignition of fire and heavy vehicles, trucks with heavy and other pasha.

Police in this area have encountered armed resistance with firearms from suspicious persons, where as a consequence of the shots have been injured two police official, of them man with heavy while the other easily, including some official hurt during actions for the Open Barricades Set by citizens.

Most of the suspects have been violent during the arrest, and as a consequence of this police had to use the necessary and proportional force in order for the suspects to put under control.

It is worth noting that during the departure of the barricades and some people who had come out on the streets in order to police obstruction, several times has been noticed a toyota white vehicle with plates and signs of I, which moved along with the suspects in the Some locations.

The car leader has helped violent protesters by placing his official car in the middle of the road in front of the alleged persons and the determined barricade, where in the passenger part it is noticed that it has been pulled out a motosharrë, which of the alleged persons is used Cutting the pyre and their placement on the barricade.

Even despite the fact that police officials have sought several times from the same to free the road, reiterating the request even in English language, the same has rejected police orders by not accepting, communicating, identified as well as free the road.

Police officials being found in a situation lined in a dangerous area have been forced to take it out of the car by force and arrest it, to accompany it to the police. The person in question was originally offered medical assistance to the mitrovica hospital.

By order of the competent prosecutor of mitrovica the person of I even though suspected of his to actions, respecting the immunity to the person in the word, has not been written any measure nor stop and the same has been released together with the car of Him and you have been handed over to the un staff in mitrovica, but the same has been prosecuted for obstruction of police officials in conduct of duty and participation in the crowd.

Kosovo police according to duties and police procedures, after any operational action made pasoperacionale estimates, regarding the development of the operation in general.
Since still investigations are continuing kosovo police under official duty is limited to giving and publishing more detailed information.

Additional information’s regarding the operation that was conducted on 29 May 2019

Pristina, may 31, 2019

As announced on May 28, 2019, Kosovo Police in cooperation with the Police Inspectorate of Kosovo, by the order of the Basic Court in Prishtina and led by the Special Prosecution of the Republic of Kosovo has implemented the search/control order in several separated locations in the entire territory of the Republic of Kosovo.

The goal of this operation was to combat corruption and organized crime, raid and arrest several police officers, and on the day of the execution of the operation (19) police officers were arrested as suspects, (10) citizens’ were suspects, (9) other civilians who obstructed police officers in performing their duties as well as (1) UNMIK official.

As a continuation of the investigations related to this case until now another three police officers have been arrested who were listed in this in arrest warrant.

All arrested persons were treated according to legally prescribed standards and procedures, by respecting their rights and freedoms, guaranteed by law.

This police operation was preceded by a several months investigation by PIK and KP, with a grounded suspicion of involvement of several police officers and citizens in the offenses; ” Participation in or Organization of an Organized Criminal Group” in relation to other criminal offenses as; “Smuggling of Goods”, “abusing Official Position”, “Giving Bribe “, “Illegal Trade” etc.

The police plan begun to be implemented as it was planned in all the regions in which mostly were resolved without incidents, except the one in Zubin Potok region, where at the place called “Klisura/Gorge” unknown persons have placed roadblocks such are trees, setting fire and heavy vehicles, semi-trucks etc.

Police in this area encountered in an armed resistance by suspected persons, where as a result of the shooting, two police officers were injured, one of them seriously and the other one with light injuries, including several injured officers during their actions to open/break the barricades that were imposed by citizens.

Majority of the suspects were violent during the arrest, and consequently the police had to use the necessary and proportional force in order to put the suspects under control.

It is worth to emphasize that during the removal of barricades and several persons who came out on the street in order to prevent the police, several times was observed a white Toyota vehicle with UN license plates and signs, which moved along with the suspects in several locations.

The driver of the vehicle has helped the violent protesters by placing his official vehicle in the middle of the road in front of suspected persons and the barricade, where it was observed that from the passenger’s side was taken out a chainsaw, which was used by the suspects to cut wood and place them in the barricade.

Even though police officers have repeatedly asked the same to free the road, by repeating the request in English, the same rejected the police orders by refusing to communicate, identify himself and to free the road.

Police officers being found in a strained situation in a dangerous area were forced to get him out of the car by force and arrest him and accompany him to the police. The person in question was initially provided with medical assistance at Mitrovica hospital.

By the order of the Chief Prosecutor of Mitrovica, the UN person, even though suspected for illegal actions, by respecting the immunity of the person concerned, he was not detained or stopped and the same was released along with the vehicle and was handed over to UN staff in Mitrovica, however against the same was processed the case for obstructing police officers in performing their duties and participating in the crowd.

According to police duties and procedures, after each operational action Kosovo Police makes postoperative assessments, regarding the development of the operation in general.

Since this is an ongoing investigation, Kosovo Police ex officio is limited in providing and publishing more detailed information.

Media announcement

Additional information related to the operation that was pending 29 Maja 2019.

Pristina, may 31, 2019.

As announced on may 28, 2019., Kosovo police are in co-operation with the police inspectorate of Kosovo, and by the order of the basic court in pristina and led by the special prosecution of the republic of Kosovo, the implementirala order of search / control on several separate locations on Celokupnoj territory of the republic of Kosovo.

The goal of this operation was a fight against corruption and organised crime, conducting raids and arrest of a certain number of police officers, and on the day of implementing operations (19) police officers arrested in the capacity of suspects, (10) citizens in the capacity of suspects, (9) other civilians who have been serving police officers in performing their duties, as well as (1) unmik officials.

As a continuation of the investigation related to this case has been arrested and three other police officers who have been listed in this arrest warrant.

All arrested persons are treated in accordance with legal standards and procedures, poštojući their rights and freedoms such as guaranteed law.

This police operation has passed several months of investigation by pik and KP, due to a reasonable doubt about the involvement of several police officers and citizens of kosovo in crimes; “participation in or organizing a criminal group” regarding other criminal acts as they are ; ” smuggling goods “, ” abuse of official position “, ” giving bribes “, ” Illegal trade “, etc.

This police plan has begun to be implement as planned in the territory of all regions, which has largely gone without incidents, except in the region of zubin potok, where in a place called “the deep” Unknown persons set barricades on the way in the form of trees, burning Fire and heavy vehicles, trucks, etc.

Police have faced armed resistance in this area by suspected faces, where two police officers have been injured, one of them is harder and one with easier injuries, and a few policiskih officers have been held during their opening action / breaking barricades Which were placed by citizens.

Most of the face suspects were violent during the arrest, and the police had to use the necessary and force force to put a face suspect under control.

It is worth to emphasize that during the removal of the barricades several people came out on the streets to prevent the police in the execution of their duties, and several times the Toyota vehicle of white color with un tags and driving plates, which moved along with suspect faces in several

The driver of this vehicle was helping violent protesters by setting their official vehicle in the middle of the road in front of the suspects of the face and barricades, where it was spotted that the motor from the vehicle was extracted by a chainsaw, which was used by suspected faces for

Although police officers sought to release the path again, reiterating this request in English, the person who refused the police orders by refusing to communicate, to identify and unleash the way.

Police Officers, since they were in the most dangerous situation in the dangerous area, were convinced to remove this face from the vehicle and arrest it and put it in the police. The particular person was originally given medical assistance at the hospital in mitrovica.

According to the order of the chief prosecutor in mitrovica, the un person, although suspected of illegal actions, and based on the respect of the immunity of the face, was not held or stopped and was the same released with the vehicle of the delivered un staff in mitrovica, but Police officers in the of of their duties and due to the eligibility in mass that is suspected of the same deeds.

In accordance with police duties and procedures, after every co-operation of the operational plan, Kosovo police are making an assessment, related to general operations.

Since this is an investigation that is still in progress, Kosovo police are limited to providing information at the moment.

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KFOR: Serbia was informed in advance of police action

M the invitation of Goran Rakić, leader of the Serb List, in northern Mitrovica was held protests of citizens due to yesterday’s action of the Kosovo Police. He said that this protest is held on the occasion of “brutal threats and attacks on the security of the Serb people” in northern Kosovo and because of the arrests of Serbs.

Addressing today gathered citizens in the center of northern Mitrovica, Rakić has stated that Kosovo Police has “terrorized” the people, “have hit, broken, destroyed, and shot allegedly to establish a certain order, satanizing the north so that easier to occupy and humiliate proud Serbs “.

“Such behavior is embarrassing, embarrassing for the Albanians, for the international community that promotes human rights and freedoms, and now without a word looks at the oppression and intimidation of a people,”said Rakić among others.

He has also ordered that citizens should not be spoiled for “double-cooked provocations cooked according to Western cuisine recipes”.

“And I want you to keep in mind, while we are in Kosovo and Metohija, this Serb will remain Serb, it will remain ours. For this reason we have to fight and we must remain in common and unique. Our homeland is always with us and always will be, “ Rakić has ordered.

Rakić has invited Kosovo Special Prosecution to release ordinary citizens who were arrested by police during the action.

“I understand that they caught police officers accused of something that was not the first time, but the citizens of Zubin Potok who were arrested are not guilty of anything except they have shot in front of the armed forces to the teeth.”

Otherwise, in the announcement by the Special Prosecution of Kosovo it is noted that during the action police had arrested ten citizens, members of different nationalities, for whom the police had arrest warrants for smuggling and seven citizens who had prevented the police from carrying out its tasks. It is also noted that in Zubin Potok was also arrested a Russian officer, UNMIK employee, who with his official vehicle attempted to hinder police movement and carrying out its duties. UNMIK Workshop has been released.

The police had executed the arrest operation in seven Kosovo municipalities, four in the north, mostly inhabited by Serbian population and south of the Ibër River, namely in Skenderaj, southern Mitrovica and Drenas.

As announced, in this case, 19 police officers, 11 Serb community members, 4 Albanians and 4 Bosniaks were arrested, who were suspected of being united in a criminal group and who, besides misusing their official duty, had committed a criminal offense of coercion, bribery and smuggling and other crimes related to organized crime.

Justice Minister Abelard Tahiri, who closely followed the action of the police, said among other things that the citizens had provided information on the persons involved in these criminal groups.

 “I can say with full responsibility that the citizens of the Serbian community, especially they have cooperated and provided information on the law enforcement agencies for persons who have been involved in these criminal groups and in the great development of smuggling,” said Tahiri, adding that the police action in Zubin Potok has been opposed by smugglers rather than ordinary citizens.

“This operation has been extremely important in the crackdown on these criminal groups. I am convinced that the citizens living in this part will be freer henceforth because these criminal groups have hampered their lives and hampered their businesses, “ Tahiri said.

Representatives of the ruling coalition and the opposition party have welcomed this action of the police, while the leader of the Vetevendosje Movement, Albin Kurti, considers that with this arrest action, we have nothing to do with sincere power goals in the fight against organized crime.

“Today was just a tense check to cover the regime’s scandals. None of the top 20 corrupt officials in our country do not believe they have been arrested today. Corruption and crime in Kosovo is the procurement and state licenses, prosecution and state judiciary, to the president of the state. Corruption and crime must be fought every day, but it is better to stop and prevent them by removing those who cultivate and add them every day, “Kurti wrote in his Facebook profile.

As a part of Serbian media broadcasts, Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić stated that KFOR has not shown that it is a status-neutral mission and that the assertions of this mission are not true that official Belgrade was informed about the action of the Kosovo Police , claiming that they had a conversation yesterday after 11 am, and that for the purposes of the Kosovo Police had learned through their information resources and then informed others.

“Let NATO do its job, and when it does not do it will do what it needs to do. As far as we are concerned, KFOR needs nothing to explain, just to reduce the frustration, “ Vučić said.

Otherwise, KFOR spokesman Colonel Vincenco Grasso stated that Serbian authorities were informed about the arrest war in northern Kosovo and that “there was no surprise”.

“The situation yesterday was under control and we have followed it constantly. We have had good information sharing and we have been in contact with Serbian authorities, all were informed in advance about the operations and it was no surprise, “ Grasso told Prva television, denouncing the statement by Serbian President Vučić, who said allegedly the Hungarian contingent of KFOR had tried to react but was prevented by the commander of these forces.

“At this moment, peace in Kosovo is mostly hampered by rhetoric, propaganda, provocations, and sometimes the false statements of politicians. I’m about 20 months old and there were no major incidents. The greatest threat to peace and stability is caused by the rhetoric that some leaders exploit and abuse, as well as the media that participate in it, “Grasso declared.

KosovaLive – Violeta Oroshi Berishaj

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