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High Profile Crimes Focus of New Body

23 April 2010

Yves de Kermabon and Hashim Thaci answering to the journalist questions after the meeting


EULEX Head of Mission, Yves de Kermabon, together with the Kosovo Prime Minister, Hashim Thaci, visited the Special Prosecutors Office of Kosovo (SPRK) on 23 April where they were received by the Head of The SPRK, Mrs. Arnal, and the Deputy, Mrs. Morina. Also the newly appointed Minister of Justice, Mr. Haki Demolli participated in the visit. The principle aim was to see first-hand how the work of the newly-formed Anti-Corruption Task Force was proceeding.

This new body was established by a Kosovo government decision in February 2010. With SPRK in the lead, the main task for the Anti-Corruption Task Force is to fight against high-level corruption.

During his visit to the SPRK Yves de Kermabon said that the Anti-Corruption Task Force would be the main body in Kosovo for combating corruption. “It is a strong signal from the government to fight against corruption. The Prime Minister’s and my visit here is our strong support to this new body.”

Prime Minister Hashim Thaci underlined that only independent justice could be successful. “The Anti Corruption Task force has all the political support without any political interference. “

The Anti-Corruption Task Force is tasked to specifically fight high-profile corruption cases as the primary responsibility for dealing with ordinary corruption cases belongs to municipal and district prosecutors. This means that Kosovo prosecutors, not EULEX, have the main task of dealing with such crimes.

Today one-third of high profile corruption cases in the SPRK are already assigned exclusively to the jurisdiction of local Kosovo prosecutors, although the most sensitive investigations are still under the purview of EULEX prosecutors.