The son of another Kosovo official questioned in the Special Court was appointed Kosovo consul

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Blendi Kilaj, the son of Isni Kilaj, who was interrogated in The Hague on December 8th, 2019, was appointed Kosovo consul in Ljubljana in January of this year. Kilaj’s appointment was proposed by the former Kosovo Minister of Foreign Affairs, Behgjet Pacolli back in September 2019.

The decree on Kilaj’s appointment was signed by the then Kosovo President Hashim Thaci. Before the proposal for his appointment arrived, his father, Isni Kilaj announced on October 21st, 2019, that he would be questioned in The Hague.

Isni Kilaj, the former Deputy Minister in the Ministry of Diaspora and Strategic Investments, is also the head of the PDK party branch in Malisevo.

Kilaj’s appointment is one of four such appointments that were revoked yesterday by the acting president of Kosovo, Vjosa Osmani.

This is the second such case where the son of a former member of the „KLA“ who was questioned by the Specialist Prosecutor’s Office has been appointmented as a consul.

In addition to Kilaj, the decree on the appointment of Flakron Shala – son of Haxhi Shala, who was also questioned in The Hague as a suspect – as a Consul in Prague, has also been revoked. Both Flakron Shala’s appointment and Haxhi Shala’s announcement that he was summoned by the court and his trip to The Hague took place within days of each other.

Unlike Shala, who revealed that he was questioned as a suspect and who reportedly defended himself by remaining silent, Kilaj did not specify in what capacity he was questioned.

On the day he traveled to The Hague, he expressed gratitude for the support he received by sharing a photo with a larger group of men at the „Adem Jashari“ airport on his Facebook page.

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 indicted on a war crimes charge 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“.

In addition to the appointment of Flakron Shala and Blendi Kiljaj, the appointment or extension of the mandate of the consul in Albania – Hilmi Krasniqi, the brother of the secretary of the Kosovo government, Fitim Krasniqi, is also disputable, Pristina-based Koha reported.

Read more:

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

Thaci requested for the son of an MP interrogated by the SPO to be appointed consul in Prague

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