Osmani revokes Thaci’s decree to appoint 4 consuls, son of MP questioned in Special Court among them

Acting Kosovo President Vjosa Osmani revoked tonight four decrees previously issued by Hashim Thaci on the appointment of consul generals, including the son of AAK MP Haxhi Shala, Flakron, who just shortly before the appointment of his son in October, was questioned by the Specialized Prosecutor’s Office in The Hague.

Decrees for Kosovo consuls in Prague, Ljubljana, Skopje and Tirana have been revoked, the Kosovo presidency has confirmed.

Regarding the first three cases, Osmani stated that in accordance with diplomatic and consular practice, consuls general are not appointed in the same city as the embassy. Moreover, consent for them from the host countries lacked.

As for the consul for Albania, Osmani abolished this position in accordance with the proposal of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which Thaci did not consider before.

Osmani confirmed her intention earlier today, after Koha recently published the news that Hashim Thaci had previously appointed Flakron Shala, the son of AAK MP Haxhi Shala, as Kosovo’s consul general in Prague. The detail that Koha pointed out in its article was that it happened after Haxhi Shala, on the eve of the vote for the government of Avdulah Hoti – June 3rd, „changed his mind“. Despite his earlier announcement to vote „against“, he still voted „for“. .

Two further details however may attract attention.

Thaci’s proposal to appoint Shala as consul originated from Ramush Haradinaj in fact, on September 28th, followed then by Thaci’s decree on October 20th this year, ordering the Kosovo Ministry of Foreign Affairs to take steps to appointment Flakron Shala.

Furthermore, only a couple of weeks earlier, Haxhi Shala, was actually questioned in the Specialized Prosecutor’s Office in The Hague.

Haxhi Shala announced on August 24th that he was summoned by the Specialist Prosecutor’s Office for questioning. On October 8th, he was questioned in the capacity of a suspect. As his friend who accompanied him to The Hague announced at the time, the interrogation lasted only 15 minutes, and Shala defended himself by remaining silent.

Hashim Thaci himself is now in The Hague, as one of the four war crimes suspects so far.

The Specialist Prosecutor’s Office in The Hague, in its request for the arrest and detention of Thaci, warned the pre-trial judge that Kosovo officials had used official posts to influence potential SPO witnesses. They cited examples of convicted war criminals – Sylejman Selimi and Rustem Mustafa, who worked as advisers to the then Kosovo Prime Minister, Ramush Haradinaj, or President Hashim Thaci. The SPO also expressed suspicions of illegal transfers from the Division of Financial Support for Potential Accused Persons, which covered the witnesses’ expenses previously covered by the prosecution.

LVV MP Rexhep Selimi, who has been charged with a war crimes indictment together with Thaci, once claimed that Thaci placed pressure on witnesses to „defend themselves by keeping silent“ in The Hague. Ramush Haradinaj also accused Selimi of „spilling the beans“ in the court. Selimi responded to this accusation by alleging that Hashim Thaci was „the person responsible for that lie“.

Thaci was arrested and transported to The Hague on November 5th, the appointment of Flakron Shala as consul remains one of the last personnel decisions in Kosovo’s foreign service that he signed.

Flakron Shala made comments earlier today via Facebook, stating that he was honored that „as the son of a former KLA soldier, he had the opportunity to obtain a master’s degree and become a PhD candidate“ at VSE University in the Czech Republic.

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