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Man sentenced to 13 years for murder

30 August 2012

A panel of three EULEX judges in the District Court of Mitrovica found Sylejman Hasani guilty for the criminal offence of murder and sentenced him to 13 years of imprisonment.

Hasani was charged with the murder of Besir Sheremeti in August 1997 in Mitrovica. He was then tried in absentia in 1998 by what was then the District Court of Kosovska Mitrovica. After a request for protection of legality by the defence counsel, the Supreme Court ordered a retrial in the case.

The defendant pled guilty during the retrial and the trial panel accepted his guilty plea. The panel found that Hasani’s guilty plea was corroborated by the documentary evidence and the witness statements.

The case was prosecuted by a EULEX district prosecutor.