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Press Release

Detention ruling

07 February 2014

Yesterday (Thursday) an international judge at the Basic Court of Prishtina imposed detention on remand for the period of one month in respect of three defendants charged in relation to the alleged unlawful procurement of Schengen visas from the Italian embassy in Kosovo. One of the defendants, Ukë Rugova is a member of the Assembly of Kosovo. House detention was imposed in respect of a further six defendants. No restrictive measures were imposed in respect of a tenth defendant. All of the defendants are charged with the offence of Organized Crime related to the offences of Abuse of Official Position, Trading in Influence and Fraud.

The case is prosecuted by an international prosecutor from the Special Prosecution Office of Kosovo.

All parties have the right to appeal.