The new Head of Kosovo's Special Prosecution Office (SPRK), Jonathan Ratel, has begun work. Mr Ratel is a British/Canadian citizen and has been working as a Special Prosecutor and Head of the Organized Crime Department at SPRK, since March 2010.
In this position, he was responsible for conducting investigations and SPRK prosecutions against organized criminal groups within and outside Kosovo. These duties included SPRK prosecutions against organized crime and the investigation of senior public officials in Kosovo for corruption.
Before arriving in Kosovo, Mr. Ratel worked as a Special Advisor on Counter Narcotics for the British Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan. In other prior appointments, Mr. Ratel served as a UK Justice Advisor for the British Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq; as Prosecutions Advisor for the Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) in Basra, Iraq; as International Prosecutor in the Special Department for Organized Crime and Corruption in the State Court of Bosnia Herzegovina; and as Legal Advisor to the Office of the Prosecutor at the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague. Mr. Ratel is a former prosecuting Crown Counsel for the Attorney General in British Columbia, Canada.
Mr. Ratel holds undergraduate degrees in arts and sciences (BA) and law (LLB) from the University of Victoria in Canada and an advanced degree in law (LL.M) from the London School of Economics in England.