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Petkovic acquitted, ten others found guilty on corruption related charges

28 February 2013

A mixed panel of two EULEX judges and one local judge presided over by a EULEX judge at the Basic Court of Pristina acquitted the former Minister of Communities and Returns Slavisa Petkovic and convicted the former Permanent Secretary and the former Head of the Procurement Department of this Ministry on corruption related charges. Furthermore, the court found eight other persons guilty on similar offences.

Slavisa Petkovic, was acquitted of all charges.

Branislav Grbic was found guilty of the criminal offences of abusing official position and fraud in office and sentenced to an aggregate punishment of four years of imprisonment.

Nemanja Vujovic was found guilty of the criminal offences of abusing official position and fraud in office and sentenced to an aggregate punishment of three years and six months of imprisonment.

The court ruled also that the defendants Branislav Grbic and Nemanja Vujovic are prohibited from exercising public administration or public service functions for a period of two years.

Muhamet Sadiku, Ruzhdi Prebreza, Ismet Hasani and Fidan Sadiku were found guilty of the criminal offence of fraud in office in co-perpetration and sentenced to one year and six months of imprisonment.

Rifat Sadiku, Shemsi Haliti, Gani Zeneli and Driton Hamiti were found guilty of the criminal offence of fraud in office and sentenced to one year of imprisonment.

The aforementioned prison sentences regarding the defendants Muhamet Sadiku, Ruzhdi Prebreza, Ismet Hasani, Fidan Sadiku, Rifat Sadiku, Shemsi Haliti, Gani Zeneli and Driton Hamiti were suspended for the period time of three years.

The case was prosecuted by a EULEX special prosecutor from Kosovo’s Special Prosecution Office (SPRK).