How many prime ministers does Kosovo have? Has any Kosovo prime minister been assassinated after the war? The answers to these two questions are simple – Kosovo has only one prime minister and no Kosovo PM has ever been assassinated. Despite this, several former members of the Kosovo Police received summons for questioning this week as suspects for the criminal offense under Article 119 paragraph 3 of the Criminal Code of Kosovo.
A total of five former members of the Kosovo Police of the region north, two of whom held high positions in this institution, received a summons yesterday from the Investigations Department of the Kosovo Police, the Anti-Terrorism Directorate, at least two sources close to these police officers confirmed for KoSSev.
In one of the summonses that KoSSev had insight into, the suspect is being invited to report this week (the exact date specified in the document) to the investigation department at the police station in South Mitrovica, for questioning in connection with the criminal offense under Article 119 paragraph 3 and criminal offense 122, and paragraph 3 of the „Criminal Code of the Republic of Kosovo“.
Furthermore, the document warns the suspect that if he fails to appear at the police station without explanation, a warrant for his arrest and „forced treatment“ could be issued against him.
Also, the suspect is being provided the opportunity to hire a lawyer and consult with him before and during the interrogation.
„I went to the police station Mitrovica – North following a previous call, which came by phone, a member of the Kosovo Police called me to come to the station for a summons as a suspect of some alleged criminal acts. Upon arriving at the police station, I picked up the summons this week,“ says our interlocutor, one of the five suspects, who agreed to speak to KoSSev while choosing to remain anonymous.
It was only after he reviewed the summons that he realized he was being charged with, partially at least, considering that for the other criminal offense listed (122 – Endangering the constitutional order by destroying or damaging public buildings and facilities), paragraph 3 does not even exist in the Criminal Code.
This former member of the KP, who was visibly upset, told KoSSev that he was shocked by the summons and accusations.
„When I reviewed the Criminal Code of the Republic of Kosovo, I noticed that Article 119 (Murder of high-ranking representatives of the Republic of Kosovo) paragraph 3 – the murder of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Kosovo, while paragraph 3 from Article 122 – does not exist in the code at all,“ he argued.
KoSSev’s interlocutor is a former high-ranking member of the Kosovo Police. He resigned in early November, when his Serb colleagues from the north also left this institution, after working there for more than a decade. He boasted of an impeccable career, stressing that he had invested years in acquiring knowledge.
The situation has changed now, however.
What is this, what kind of a lunatic came up with this, what murder of the prime minister? – he revealed what went through his mind when he received the summons.
„They told me at the station that they don’t know anything and that it’s up to them to serve the summons, and that the Directorate for Terrorism is in charge.“
He underscored that the severity and abnormality of the political situation are clearly reflected in the fact that a special police unit was called in to arrest an alleged suspect for an attack or assault on a journalist and his property, while the alleged suspect charged with „the murder of the prime minister“ receives a call to come to the station and be served with a summons for questioning.
„That’s completely senseless. For such a crime, if it had been committed, I would have to be immediately arrested or liquidated, if the situation requires it. Based on my experience, if someone is suspected of murdering any government official – I would arrest that person, not send a summons for questioning.“
Moreover, he is confused about the nature of the criminal acts and how and why he was even included on the list of suspects.
„I don’t understand at all. The President of the Assembly is alive, the President is alive, and the Prime Minister is alive. In the past, no one who held these positions has ever been killed. How should I interpret this other than as a pressure on all of us here? Not only at me personally.“
Addressing whether he will respond to the summons, our interlocutor, who was visibly distraught, said that he “doesn’t know” what he will do.
He pondered on what arguments he could provide as evidence for these “crazy accusations” to be dismissed.
Claiming that he never participated in any criminal activities, he testified that he had a commendable police career.
„If I go and give a statement, what if they decide to imprison me,“ he shared his concerns in an interview for KoSSev.
When asked if he sought advice and protection from Serbian authorities, he replied:
„You have no one to turn to. If you know who I should go to, I’ll be happy to ask them.“
The life of this former policeman was not easy, even before he received the summons. Since the collective withdrawal from the Kosovo Police in November, his life and the life of his colleagues – has changed a lot, he says.
„I’m considering moving away. Nevertheless, my life binds me to Kosovo, but even if I went to Serbia, with such a summons – I am not a free man. A warrant will be issued for my arrest,“ he points out.
He emphasized that he is aware of the seriousness of the situation, but doesn’t see a way out, as he feels the weight of the political situation in which he, as well as his fellow citizens, found himself.
„I know I have a very big problem and I don’t know how I can get out. If I don’t have advice for myself, I don’t know what I could tell others. This is not pleasant.“
Although noting that the reasons for these accusations are not clear to him, he shared his theory that that they might be connected to the case of Dejan Pantic, who was arrested in December last year, and who has been under house arrest for nine months, accused of terrorism in in connection with the riots in front of the municipal election commission in North Mitrovica.
„I know that I didn’t do anything illegal. I know that even Dejan Pantic did not do what he is accused of. I would bet my life that he didn’t do it. He was in charge of administrative affairs. He did not perform any important tasks, outside of administration. I know him so well as a person, that I know he is not capable of doing what you are accusing him of.“
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