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Supreme Court modifies murder sentence

07 November 2012

A mixed panel of two EULEX judges and three Kosovo judges, presided over by a EULEX judge at the Supreme Court modified the aggregate punishment against Osman Zyberaj from 25 years to 15 years of imprisonment.

The Supreme Court panel, acting as a second instance court, found Osman Zyberaj guilty for the criminal offences of murder, attempted murder and unauthorized ownership, control, possession or use of weapons. The original punishment was reduced due to a different assessment of the legal qualification and the fact that the defendant committed the murder with diminished capacity.

Osman Zyberaj was accused of shooting and killing Hasan Rrustemi and wounding his brother Nazim Rrustemi in October 2005 in the market of Xerxe/Zerze village, Prizren municipality.

The case was prosecuted by a EULEX district prosecutor.