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Corruption cases increase, 128 indictments against senior officials in Kosovo

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Pristina, April 2, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Elton Tota

Agency Against Corruption (AAK) has filed 128 criminal indictments in 2013 for cases suspected of corruption. Among those who have been investigated are also deputy prime ministers, ministers, MPs, prosecutors and judges.

Director of the Agency Against Corruption, Hasan Preteni said on Wednesday (02.04) that out of 319 cases that this agency has investigated, 97 of them have been closed, while 56 of them are still being investigated.

Preteni (photo) said that there have been 8 administrative breaches from officials, while 30 cases have been sent to the Tax Directorate of Kosovo.

“Prosecutors investigate and indict, while courts on the other hand, say that they haven’t received any cases. Thus, a lot is being talked about corruption in Kosovo, but nothing is being tried in the courts of law”, said Preteni.

Director of the Agency Against Corruption said that officials who have been investigated belong to all kinds of institutions and public enterprises, prosecution, courts, etc.

“Officials belong to different levels. We have rarely had an institution which has not been reported for corruptive cases. There’s high level institutions, public enterprises and also heads of communes. I can say that the names of these officials are known for prosecutors and so far we have sent 238 cases”, said Preteni.

“Amongst them there are deputy prime ministers, ministers, MPs, prosecutors, judges, etc”, said Preteni, stressing that in 2013, there’s been an increase in the number of corruptive cases.

“The most sensitive domain which is generating corruption is that of public procurement and the majority of cases dealt with by this agency relate to this domain. There have been many problems in this domain and these problems are noticed in all the phases of the procurement”, said Preteni. /ibna/

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