The Director of Kosovo Intelligence Agency, Shpend Maxhuni resigned from his position today. The outgoing Kosovo Prime Minister, Ramush Haradinaj confirmed the news on his Facebook profile.
„I have accepted the resignation of the Director of the KIA, Mr. Shpend Maxhuni, as the head of Kosovo intelligence service. I thanked Mr. Maxhuni for his professional cooperation in protecting the security of our country and our people. I have awarded the Skenderbeg Medal for professionalism and loyalty in the service of the motherland to Mr. Maxhuni for his contribution to state and institutional commitments,“ Haradinaj wrote on Facebook.
Haradinaj stated that the previous Kosovo government has „worked on strengthening the rule of law“ in Kosovo and security institutions. He also stressed that Maxhuni had „played a special role“ in this endeavor.
„Today, the KIA is one of the most professional and reliable institutions in the country and beyond,“ Haradinaj added.
Before being appointed as KIA chief in March 2018, Maxhuni was a longtime director of the Kosovo Police.
„Albin Kurti’s first victim“
Kosovo media outlets, such as Pristina-based Gazeta Express, however, describe Maxhini as „the first victim of Albin Kurti“. The portal reported that this resignation „opened the door to radical changes in the security field, which to this day has been completely controlled by Hashim Thaci.”
„It remains to be seen what Attorney General Aleksander Lumezi, who is also a close friend of Shpend Maxhuni, will do in the coming days,“ the Gazeta Express reported.
Maxhuni’s resignation comes in the midst of preparations for the formation of a new Kosovo government following the October 6th snap elections.
The Self-Determination movement won the 2019 elections.
The same party requested Maxhuni’s resignation last year over an affair that took place in October 2018 when an illegal weapon and a small amount of a substance suspected to be drugs were found in a car driven by Maxhuni’s son.
Self-Determination also accused the KIA chief of illegally deporting six Turkish nationals, the so-called Gullenists in the Erdogan regime.
In addition, Self-Determination has often claimed that Maxhuni is under the full control of the Kosovo President, Hashim Thaci.
2018: „The Maxhuni case – the best example of an imprisoned state“
The then Self-Determination MP, Rexhep Selimi said that the Maxhuni case was the best example of an „imprisoned state“.
„There are cases such as this and they were strengthened by heads of state who have appointed their people in justice institutions. Such appointments created a situation in which state representatives shared the authority with institutions as if sharing a cake, agreeing on who would have control of the Intelligence Agency, the police and the state prosecution,” Selimi said at the time.
The Self-Determination MP then pointed out that the appointment of the leadership of the Police and the Intelligence Agency, which he described as “scandalous”, is a clear indication of what the authorities had set.
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