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Stolen Homes: Kosovo Struggles with Wartime Property Seizures (Balkan Insight)

By   /  29/05/2018  /  International  /  No Comments

Almost two decades after the Kosovo war, many thousands of people whose houses or land was seized during or after the conflict have still not been able to get their property back. At midnight on June 19, 1999, Nusret Ajdezi was woken up by a loud knocking on his door. Four armed people entered his […]

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Kosovo Halts Road Work After Serbian Monastery Protests (Balkan Insight)

By   /  28/05/2018  /  International  /  No Comments

A decision to halt construction work of a road from Kosovo to Montenegro, following protests by a Serbian Orthodox monastery, has sparked conflicting responses in Kosovo. See at: http://www.balkaninsight.com/en/article/kosovo-road-construction-near-orthodox-monastery-spark-controversies-05-28-2018    

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Kosovo Convicts Serb Ex-Policeman of War Crimes (Balkan Insight)

By   /  25/05/2018  /  International  /  No Comments

Zoran Vukotic, a Serb former policeman in Kosovo, was sentenced to six-and-a-half years for for the mistreatment and torture of ethnic Albanian civilian prisoners at a jail in 1999. Mitrovica Basic Court on Friday sentenced former Serbian policeman Zoran Vukotic to six-and-a-half years in jail for war crimes against the ethnic Albanian civilian population in […]

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Two Kosovan doctors jailed for selling harvested kidneys (The Guardian)

By   /  25/05/2018  /  International  /  No Comments

A court has jailed two Kosovan doctors for harvesting kidneys and selling the organs to wealthy patients for up to €100,000 (£88,000). https://bit.ly/2s6O8kC

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Kosovo doctors’ organ trafficking convictions confirmed (Reuters)

By   /  25/05/2018  /  International  /  No Comments

Two Kosovo doctors were convicted for a second time on Thursday of involvement in an organ trafficking ring that performed illegal kidney transplants at a clinic near the capital Pristina. https://reut.rs/2LvYAtU

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Kosovo Convicts Two in Organ-Trading Trial (Balkan Insight)

By   /  25/05/2018  /  International  /  No Comments

The owner of Kosovo’s Medicus clinic and his head anaesthetist were convicted of human trafficking and organised crime after a court found they carried out illegal transplant operations to sell kidneys to patients. Pristina Basic Court on Thursday found Medicus owner Lutfi Dervishi and the clinic’s head anaesthetist Sokol Hajdini guilty of human trafficking and […]

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Ethnic Serb fugitive is nominated as court judge by Kosovo (Reuters)

By   /  24/05/2018  /  International  /  No Comments

Kosovo’s parliament is facing criticism from the opposition and watchdog organizations for nominating as a judge a Serb who fled to Kosovo to avoid being jailed for corruption. https://reut.rs/2IJUHzT

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Kosovo Organ-Trafficking Defendants Deny Breaking Law (Balkan Insight)

By   /  23/05/2018  /  International  /  No Comments

In closing statements at the high-profile trial in Kosovo, the defence insisted that the kidney transplants at the Medicus clinic had no connection to people-trafficking as the indictment claims. In its closing statements on Tuesday, the defence told Pristina Basic Court that the prosecution could not prove that the Medicus clinic owner, Lutfi Dervishi, was involved […]

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Turkish citizens deported through a ‘commercial flight’ (Prishtina Insight)

By   /  23/05/2018  /  International  /  No Comments

The six Turkish nationals forcefully removed from Kosovo in March were deported through a misrepresented commercial flight, the Civil Aviation Authority confirmed today. The airline company, whose plane carried the six Turkish nationals who were forcefully removed from Kosovo to Turkey in March, misrepresented its flight’s purpose. On March 29, six Turkish nationals were deported […]

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“Putin is Serbia’s friend but he respects our path towards the EU” (El Pais)

By   /  18/05/2018  /  International  /  No Comments

President of Serbia talks to EL PAÍS about the Balkan country’s efforts to join the bloc, and how Kosovo is proving a sticking point The existential journey that has taken Aleksandar Vučić to this point has been a long one. As a young man, the current president of Serbia was an ultra-nationalist of passionate rhetoric, […]

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Kosovo is not Catalonia, Kosovo’s Thaci tells absent Spanish PM Rajoy (Euroactiv.com)

By   /  18/05/2018  /  International  /  No Comments

Pristina ‘understands’ the decision of Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy not to attend the EU-Western Balkans summit in Sofia, but “Kosovo is not Catalonia”, Kosovo’s President Hashim Thaçi told EURACTIV.com. “Of course, under no circumstances, can someone draw parallels between us and Spain, as Kosovo is not Catalonia,” Thaçi emphasised. At the 23 March EU […]

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No time soon: EU dashes membership hopes of Balkan states (The Guardian)

By   /  18/05/2018  /  International  /  No Comments

Concerns over rule of law and corruption, plus enlargement fatigue, meant the six countries got little from Sofia summit Keep waiting in line, but don’t expect the door to open any time soon. That was the message delivered on Thursday to six Balkan states hoping to join the EU. The six had been invited to […]

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