by Idriz Morina

A shocking event in the village of Llausha in Skenderaj, raised the concern of the Ministry of Justice, for inaction of law enforcement agencies, prosecution, police, office for social issues and others.

It does not matter that the killer was accused by his own family members of being mentally ill.

This case is not the subject of our review, but the inverted model of the functioning of justice, for which the Minister of Justice Albulena Haxhiu is also complaining.

“The institutions are responsible for the aggravated murder in Llausha of Skenderaj, therefore, in addition to the maximum punishment for the murderer, disciplinary and criminal measures must be urgently taken against all those who did not protect the life of the deceased. “They have no place in institutions for these people!”, Declared last night the Minister Albulena Haxhiu.

Yes political assassinations

An accurate and correct statement, that the complaints should be forwarded institutionally to the relevant institutions, in writing, and if necessary with a lawsuit, due to the negligence shown by the state institutions.

But, the Ministry of Justice as well as the whole Government should be interested in other cases, where the accused and the convicts have proved that their rights have been violated.

Even based on the information they provide, it turns out that the complaints are very important, as they have been approved by international institutions, such as EULEX.

Moreover, this becomes even more important, as the complainant has confessed that he has information, which can reveal political assassinations, even the most serious ones that have occurred.

This informant is sentenced to 30 years in prison, and is still serving his sentence.

His complaints are twofold, that the Kosovo courts have disregarded neither his testimony nor the authority of EULEX, and that despite the fact that European mission investigators have established that he is not the killer, in 2004 where they remained killed an UNMIK police officer and an Albanian KPS officer, but only a participant in the crime, was denied the right to a retrial.

Impacts of gangs on the judiciary

The denial of the right to a retrial seems to be strongly linked to the accusations he has made against political figures who have supported organized crime, including political assassinations.

“I say with criminal and moral responsibility that the decisions of the Supreme Court have been directly influenced by Ramush Haradinaj’s gangs, it is a fact that two days after Haradinaj was elected Prime Minister, the Supreme Court of Kosovo released Faik Shaqiri from prison with an illegal decision. “who has an indictment filed for the murder of police officers, for whom I have been convicted and is one of the killers of Sebahate Tolaj and Tahir Zemaj”, it is said in Shkumbin Mehmetaj’s letter of 2018.

Only in this informative paragraph Shkumbin Mehmetaj has given two important information:

a) The Supreme Court has issued a dubious decision, by which it released from prison a suspect for serious crimes – murder, despite having the same indictment with which Mehmeti was sentenced to 30 years.

b. What is most important, Mehmeti, states that Faik Shaqiri is one of the killers, who took part in at least two assassinations, where 5 people were killed, two of them officials of the Kosovo Police, then the KPS, and a colonel of the Kosovo Liberation Army.

Mehmeti even tries to show respect for the families of the victims of political assassinations, and that he vows to testify about them, whenever the prosecution gives him this opportunity, making an agreement in consultation with his lawyer.

“For the sake of the families of the victims, who are victims of this criminal group and because of the Kosovo processes that have been held hostage to these murders, I will always be ready to cooperate with the prosecution, but for the form and format I will consult my lawyer “, declared Mehmeti.

The silence of the Ministry

Why is Minister Haxhiu still not reacting publicly or officially to these violations, and most importantly, to help solve the murder of five Albanians, two of whom are state officials?

Mehmeti testified that since 2012 he had sent materials, statements and video recordings to the then Chief State Prosecutor, Ismet Kabashi, with information on the investigation of political assassinations, mainly those that took place in the Dukagjini plain. But, Kabashi, according to Mehmeti, had returned the answer through the police that the cause of the interventions could not act.

Since 2012 he became a protected witness of justice. But the judiciary neither used his information to uncover political assassinations nor offered to reduce the sentence for the convicted offense.

“Since then (2012) I have been relocated from a populated prison and separated by an order from the EULEX prosecutor, Ema Rizato, whom I have with me. “Since then, I have been kept in isolation, no contact with any prisoner, I have requested a meeting with the prosecutor of the case, to clarify my status, because the correctional service considers me as a protected witness based on the order”, said Mehmeti , quoted by the media of the time.

So, for almost 10 years, Mehmeti has been kept in isolation as a witness, while his testimonies for political assassinations and other crimes are not being considered, nor has any investigative process been started, which would lead to the revelation of the murders.

So, this testimony of his is proof that the rights of the witness have been violated for many years now.

Beyond that, even more importantly, he has revealed as in the first case, as in the case of Chief Prosecutor Kabashi’s refusal that justice has been obstructed, and depends on politics!

If the prosecution is an independent institution why is it silent now?

The Chief State Prosecutor in the case of the first weeks of raids and arrests in the “Brezovica” case, has reacted to the Minister of Interior Xhelal Sveçla that he is interfering in the work of the prosecution, reminding him of the independence of institutions.

Who is preventing Mr. Lumezi from conducting investigations into political assassinations as a matter of priority, as in one case he himself stated that the revelation of the murder of Xhemail Mustafa is very close.

But this case has yet to be resolved by the special court.

Cases like Zemaj, Tolaj, and many others, after 2000, which are currently not handled by the special, why are not opening and launching investigations for them by the State Prosecution or the Special Prosecution or if the cases are processed, t ‘handed over to the court?

The murder of Llausha is shocking, Minister Haxhiu, but do not the families of Zemaj, Tolaj, Haklaj, Hajdari and Mustafa deserve to be exposed, the murders of their loved ones, and to be brought to justice ?! Like all other crimes that have been committed, and that the special court is still not dealing with.

In the case of Llausha, the killer was arrested, but in the mentioned murders, according to Mehmet’s testimony, they are free, or have been released by justice.

Faik Shaqiri is thought to be in Switzerland, after justice was released in Kosovo, with political interference as Mehmeti explains.

He accused the Haradinaj government of interfering in the trial of Shaqiri.

Do you not have enough instruments, together with Mr. Shvela, to ask the justice institutions to interview Mr. Haradinaj regarding the case ?!

Can you not start an investigative process as a minister and as a VV from the Assembly of Kosovo, through the Committee on Judiciary and the Committee on Human Rights,

Faik Shaqiri in 2017 was arrested by German police and extradited to Kosovo, but

“Maybe they will kill me, but I will not be silent anymore”

“Maybe they will kill me, but I will not be silent anymore”, wrote Shkumbin Mehmeti, while he continues to suffer in prison.

Mehmeti also stated that he has information about the murder of Xhemajl Mustafa, a close associate of President Rugova, and a former collaborator of “Bota sot”, and according to him there is information about the murder of Smajl Hajdari and Tahir Zemaj.

Mehmeti said that he has information about at least six murders, ie at least two others, for which he did not provide information. He also stated that he had information about kidnappings, racketeering, blackmail, drug trafficking.

Business implication

Mehmeti stated that the sponsor of the criminal group of more than 10 murderers was also the beer factory “Peja”.

“The brewery was led by Agim Elshani. We also bargained with Ibrahim Kelmendi, because he was part of the group before, but at that time it was a break between us and him and we parted. Ibrahim Kelmendi has withdrawn from the brewery and we have received an answer “.

It is interesting that eyewitnesses, in the 2003 assassination attempt on Tahir Zemaj with his son Enis and cousin Hasani, testified that the killers, with a car and a jeep from Albania, immediately entered the “Peja” brewery.

From 2001-2003 he was a member of the KPS. In 2003 he decided to leave the police and joined the criminal group with which he had contacts.

“I stayed and interacted with this group until April 2004, when I was arrested and since then I have been in prison,” said Mehmeti.

Mehmeti, (1979) a former member of the KLA and the Kosovo Police (then called the KPS – Kosovo Police Service), has been in prison since April 2004.

He was sentenced to 30 years in prison for killing two police officers, one UNMIK and one Kosovo, in a shootout near Podujeva, and is now completing his 18th year in prison for an offense that could hardly be punished. more than 10 years.

The District Court of Prishtina in November 2007, had sentenced only Shkumbin Mehmeti to 30 years in prison for the considered terrorist attack, and acquitted all others of the charges: Florim Ejupi, Faik Shaqiri, Nazim Kadriu, Arben Ahmeti , Arsim Rashiti, Jeton Sylejmani, Osman Kelmendi, Xhavit Kosumi, Nezir Kelmendi, Irfan Ademi, Xhafer Zymberaj and Bajram Kiqmari.

A decade later, on July 21, 2017, the EULEX prosecution filed an indictment against Bedri Krasniqi, Faik Shaqiri, Alban Dezdari, Bajram Kiqmari, for the criminal offenses of “aggravated murder” and “attempted murder”.

According to the indictment, on March 23, 2004, in Podujevë / Podujevo, these four men, in co-perpetration with Agron Sylejmani, Florim Ejupi and Shkumbin Mehmeti, attacked an UNMIK patrol who was patrolling near the village of Shakovica, firing at least 108 weapons. times in the direction of the vehicle and the four passengers in it, where an UNMIK police officer, Possible Essuman, and the Kosovo police officer, Arsim Rrustolli, were on duty.

Policeman Basri Mulliqi and UNMIK translator Ramë Zeneli were also injured in the attack.

This process has not yet received an epilogue.