30 October 2014
Today, Head of EULEX, Gabriele Meucci, together with the Acting Head of EU Office in Kosovo, Tom Gnocchi, addressed the media in a press conference, regarding the allegations of corruption against EULEX Kosovo.
You can watch the full press conference below.
Head of EULEX emphasized the fact that the allegations of corruption are being thoroughly investigated. “I reiterate that I have full confidence in the integrity and professionalism of my staff. The allegations put forward by Ms. Bamieh have been reviewed in full since 2013. These allegations contain, as you know, several names. As this is a criminal investigation, I do not want to dwell on which stage of proceedings each strand of the investigation is at. Hence I would ask you not to seek further answers on the specifics.
I would like however to confirm the seriousness with which this matter is being taken forward is such that the EU has agreed to partially lift the immunity of one person in order to allow for the investigation to progress,” he added.
According to Meucci, the allegations were known to the Mission. The Mission acted upon them and assigned a prosecutor and police investigators to work jointly with the Kosovo counterparts.
A partial lifting of immunity is a technical step in the judicial proceedings, which does not prejudge the final outcome of the proceedings. “In accordance with my authority under the Mission’s Code of Conduct, which is binding on me, I suspended Ms. Bamieh, on full pay and with full entitlements, it is a precautionary measure. The suspension is not a sanction in and of itself,” stated Meucci..
The Acting Head of the EU Office in Kosovo, Tom Gnocchi reiterated the European Union Office’s full support to the newly appointed Head of Mission EULEX and his dedicated team of professionals. “We are confident that together we will continue to successfully implement the mission's mandate and assist Kosovo authorities in the consolidation of a sustainable and accountable Rule of Law sector in Kosovo, free from political interference, from whatever quarter,” said Gnocchi.