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Two convicted for facilitation and compelling of prostitution

15 May 2014

Yesterday, an International Prosecutor and State Prosecutor from the Basic Prosecution Office in Pristina, received verdict in a facilitation and compulsion of prostitution case. A panel of three judges of the Pristina Basic Court convicted two persons in relation to facilitation and compelling of prostitution in Hotel 'Troja', Pristina, between February and April 2012.

The accused Elmi Kastrati was found guilty for compelling and facilitating prostitution and possession of narcotic drugs and sentenced to an aggregate sentence of five and a half years' imprisonment and a fine of 1500 Euro.

The accused Besnik Kastrati was found guilty, after pleading guilty for compelling and facilitating prostitution and sentenced to an aggregate sentence of one year and ten months' imprisonment.

In an earlier stage of the trial, two other accused, Faton Berisha and Nexhad Beiqi, entered plea agreements and one further accused, Albert Krasniqi, pleaded guilty in front of the trial panel for the offence of facilitation of prostitution. All three were sentenced to twelve months' imprisonment, suspended for eighteen months.

The activity took place between February and April 2012 at Hotel 'Troja' in Pristina, where the defendants facilitated the prostitution of a number of Serbian women and compelled the prostitution of one Albanian woman.

This case was investigated by Kosovo Police, led by a mixed team involving one International and one State Prosecutor of the Basic Prosecution Office in Pristina.