A third of the leaders of the government headed by Ramush Haradinaj is being prosecuted by the Kosovo authorities. Kosovo’s judicial authorities have indicted six out of the 22 ministers in the coalition supported by Srpska Lista on the suspicion of abuse of position, possession of weapons and illegal employment. The latest indictments were issued against two deputy ministers.
The former director of the Inspection Directorate in Prizren municipality and the current Deputy Minister, Bujar Nerjovaj, was charged with abuse of office and overstepping his authority, Kosovo media reported today.
Nerjovaj was indicted for not providing conditions for executing conclusions previously issued by construction inspectors in connection with the demolition of four hotel facilities near the famous Shadervan square in Prizren – which were built without permission and contrary to existing permits.
Kosovo media reported that the protected First Zone of the Historical Center in Prizren, where these facilities were built, was damaged and that €36,143 in damages was not paid.
Nervovaj is just one of a line of officials in Ramush Haradinaj’s government who have been accused of violating the law.
The Deputy Minister of Regional Development and a member of Ramush Haradinaj’s party – AAK, Musa Cena, was arrested last week.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Diaspora, Dardan Gashi, and the Minister of Trade and Industry, Endrit Shala – before his appointment, were charged with unauthorized possession of weapons. Minister of Infrastructure, Pal Lekaj, Minister of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Besim Beqaj, and Minister of Security Forces, Rustem Berisha, were also prosecuted.
The Minister of Economic Development, Valdrin Lluka, was accused of conflict of interest, however, he was acquitted and his case is currently being processed in the Appellate Court.
Some members of the Kosovo Assembly and Kosovo Mayors have also had problems with the law.
European Union Special Representative in Kosovo, Nataliya Apostolova, called on the officials accused of corruption to leave the state institutions. She requested the adoption of the law which would prohibit persons against whom indictments were issued in performing public functions, as well as a law on confiscation of property of persons found guilty of illegal property acquisition.
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