The Basic Court in Prishtina has confirmed the indictment against the accused Labinot Gruda and Kadri Shala, who are charged with causing damage to the budget of the Republic of Kosovo in the amount of 2 million 77 thousand 995 euros and 90 cents.

This was confirmed by the spokesperson of this court, Mirlinda Gashi.

Gashi announced that in this case the defense attorneys of the defendants opposed the evidence and the request for dismissal of the indictment.

“The Basic Court in Prishtina – Special Department through its ruling, has rejected the objection of evidence and the request for dismissal of the indictment, where the parties regarding this decision have the right to appeal to the Court of Appeals of Kosovo,” said Gashi’s response to ” The Oath of Justice.

The accused Labinot Gruda and Kadri Shala, had pleaded not guilty at the initial hearing session held in the Special Department of the Basic Court in Prishtina on October 26, 2021.

Otherwise, the Special Prosecution of the Republic of Kosovo (SPRK), on October 12, 2021, has filed an indictment in the Special Department of the Basic Court in Pristina against the defendants Labinot Gruda and Kadri Shala.

The indictment alleges that Gruda is charged with the criminal offenses of “Abuse of official position or authority”, “Access to computer systems”, “Identity theft and access device” and “Money laundering” in conjunction with Article 56 of the Law on Prevention of money laundering and terrorist financing, in co-perpetration with defendant Shala.

Meanwhile, it is said that Shala is charged with the criminal offenses of “Money Laundering” in connection with Article 56 of the Law on Prevention of Money Laundering and Financing of Terrorism, in cooperation with the defendant Gruda, and “Assistance”, in connection with the criminal offense. “Abuse of official position or authority.”

The indictment alleges that Labinot Gruda committed the criminal offenses against him in the capacity of an official, with the position of Assistant Manager for the Kosovo Financial Management Information System (KFMIS) at the Ministry of Finance, Labor and Transfers – Treasury of State. Whereas, Kadri Shala was legally authorized in the company “LDA Group SHPK”.

According to the SPRK, as a result of the incriminating actions of the defendants Labinot Gruda and Kadri Shala, the budget of the Republic of Kosovo was damaged in the amount of 2 million 77 thousand 995 euros and 90 cents.

In this regard, the Special Prosecution of the Republic of Kosovo has requested the confiscation of four (4) vehicles, which are a result of this criminal activity, the amount of money which has been frozen by court order, as well as by the defendants to be compensated for the loss or damage caused to the budget of the Republic of Kosovo, until the value of the damage caused as a result of criminal offenses is met, or conversely, the court to confiscate any property of the defendants until compensation full of damage caused to the budget of the Republic of Kosovo “, it was said in the communiqué of SPRK.

According to the indictment, Labinot Gruda on October 9, 2020, in order to illegally gain material benefit for himself and others, and to cause damage to the budget of the Republic of Kosovo, contrary to the duties and responsibilities of the country of has intervened in the budget allocation, and has transferred the amount of 2 million 77 thousand 995 euros and 90 cents, to the bank account in the name of “LDA GROUP”, LLC

According to the indictment, Gruda was connected to KFMIS and added to its user the possibility of adding a functional class to the system, in which case it registered the supplier “LDA GROUP” LLC, then created fictitious users through whom has taken actions for access for purchase orders, for acceptance of goods and creation of expenditure coupons, as well as changed the password of the existing user “FAZLIUF” (Fadil Fazliu), who had access to the system as a certifying officer of the Ministry of Infrastructure , through which it has certified the spending coupons for the operator “LDA GROUP” LLC, in which case the Treasury of Kosovo according to the standard procedures of KFMIS, has executed the payments on the account of this operator.

Whereas, Kadri Shala is accused that on October 9, 2020, with the intention and in order to create conditions and opportunities for the realization of the incriminating actions of the accused Gruda, he helped the same by making available the complete data for the legal entity “LDA GROUP ”LLC, and the bank account of the same, where the authorized person whose full powers are the accused Shala, in which case enabled the accused Gruda that the money of 2 million 77 thousand 995 euros of 90 cents to transfer them illegally to the bank account of this subject.

The Prosecution also alleges that the accused Gruda and Shala from 9 to 15 October 2020, in order to conceal or disguise the nature, source, location, movement or ownership of the money transferred illegally, Gruda initially transferred this money to LDA GROUP bank account, and then Shala in the name of purchase, borrowing, advance, donation and fulfillment of obligations, has transferred to various bank accounts of natural and legal persons within Kosovo the amount of 1 million 416 thousand 413 euros and 64 cents and outside it the amount of 440 thousand euros, and has withdrawn from the bank the amount of 221 thousand 582 euros and 26 cents, allegedly for payments and needs of the company.

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