A Drejtesia ne Kosove investigation results in an indictment against a Decan judge suspected of abuse of office and other criminal offenses.
The High Crimes Department at the Peja Basic Prosecution raised an indictment against suspect Safete Tolaj for multiple criminal offenses, including abuse of office, destroying and concealing evidence as well as forging official documents.
Tolaj was indicted ten months after the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network, BIRN, television programme Drejtesia in Kosove released video footage of Tolaj’s son, Fisnik, accepting a bribe in exchange for influencing judicial proceedings.
Fisnik Tolaj also faces charges of fraud, exertion of influence, forgery, and illegal possession and use of weapons. A third person, identified only as G.Sh., is also suspected of abuse of office.
According to the indictment of the Basic Court of Peja, Safete Tolaj–who had initially, on January 2, sentenced a suspect with detention–had abused her office with the intention of financial profit when she changed the sentence to bail. The change happened on January 10 after G.Sh. met with Fisnik Tolaj and gave him 1,900 euros to influence judge Tolaj.