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Working to improve Justice in Mitrovicë/a

19 March 2010

EULEX Head of Mission Yves de Kermabon during his visit to the court house in Mirovica on 18 March 2010 being briefed by Patrick Byrne Head of Technical Services of EULEX on the scale of the damage caused to the court building in Mitrovica by the earthquake /EULEX


The EULEX Head of Mission Yves de Kermabon has paid a visit to the newly-elected Mayor of Mitrovicë/a, Avni Kastrati. The mayor underlined his readiness to work towards bringing together all the communities of Mitrovicë/a

The mayor also mentioned plans of the municipality to allocate office space in the old Cultural Centre for the Kosovo Police whose offices suffered damage during the earthquake last week. Their current building cannot be used for the foreseeable future.

Yves de Kermabon and Avni Kastrati also briefly met local journalists. The Head of Mission gave assurances that EULEX will continue to work for the benefit of all people in Mitrovicë/a. Asked when the local judges and prosecutors will be able to work again in the Mitrovicë/a Court, he responded “The quicker, the better!”.

One reason for his visit to Mitrovicë/a was to see the court building and get an assessment form the experts of the scale of the damage caused by the earthquake. Mr de Kermabon also visited the court to see the damage for himself.

The assessment on the way forward is not yet finalized, but the Head of Mission was very pleased to learn that a court hearing actually took place the very same day. For the hearing, a room was used in the Municipal Court part of the building that had not suffered significant damage. “It is good to see that justice in Mitrovicë/a is continuing, despite the earthquake. But, of course, we need to increase this work for the benefit of all the people” Yves de Kermabon concluded.