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Indictment confirmed in smuggling of migrants case

16 August 2012

A local confirmation judge from the District of Prishtina/Prištine confirmed the indictment filed by a EULEX prosecutor against five suspects in a case related to the smuggling of migrants from Kosovo to other foreign countries, mainly the Americas.

Beke Nikqi, Qerim Dreshaj, Nuradin Ahmeti, Pjeter Krasniqi and Jeton Smaka are charged in the indictment with the criminal offences of engaging in smuggling of migrants, attempt to engage in smuggling of migrants and producing, providing or possessing a fraudulent travel or identity document in order to enable the smuggling of migrants and to obtain a financial or other material benefit.

The suspects have allegedly provided several people with false documents to travel from Kosovo to foreign countries in return for large sums of money. Their case is also related to Deme Nikqi, a key suspect, who is also allegedly involved in the smuggling of migrants.

The case is being prosecuted by a EULEX prosecutor from the District of Prishtina/Prištine.