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Tolaj found guilty of tax evasion and other charges

18 June 2013

The Basic Court of Pristina, in a panel composed of EULEX and Kosovo judges, found three people guilty in the so-called Ministry of Health case.

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Ilir Tolaj was found guilty of the criminal offence of incitement to falsify official documents in co-perpetration and tax evasion. He was acquitted of the rest of the charges. Tolaj was sentenced to an aggregate punishment of 18 months of imprisonment and a fine of 1000 euros. He is prohibited from exercising public administration or public service functions for the duration of 3 years. The house detention of Ilir Tolaj is terminated, and a new ruling will be issued.

Prosecutor's statement (Tolaj Case)

05 June 2013

We have just learned the verdict of the court, where only some of the defendants were found guilty. However, we expected different results. Prosecutor will review the verdict of the court and decide how to proceed with further legal steps.

EULEX
Robert Kurcharski, EULEX Prosecutor

Arbenita Pajaziti was found guilty of two counts of incitement to falsify official documents, one of them in co-perpetration. Pajaziti was sentenced to an aggregate sentence of 8 months with execution suspended for 2 years. She is prohibited from exercising public administration or public service functions for the duration of 2 years.

Hajrullah Fejza was found guilty of two counts of accepting bribes and acquitted of the rest of the charges. Fejza received an aggregate sentence of 8 months of imprisonment. The defendant is prohibited from exercising public administration or public service functions for the duration of 3 years.

Bujar Bukoshi, Ismet Hyseni, Zenel Kuqi and Bekim Fusha are aquitted of all charges.

The case was prosecuted by a EULEX prosecutor form the Kosovo Special Prosecution Office (SPRK).