Klan Kosova aired an interview last evening with a witness of the Special Prosecution, Shkumbin Mehmeti, which was picked up widely by other online news portals today. The journalist received permission from EULEX prosecutor to interview Mehmeti, media report. During the interview Mehmeti talked about having been a member of a criminal group that committed several post war crimes, including political assassinations. He also spoke about the attack on the UNMIK police vehicle in 2004, where one UNMIK and a KP officer were shot. According to Mehmeti he is the only one serving the sentence, while the rest of the group got released, after they got initially arrested for the killing of the police officers. Mehmeti claims that some high political profiles intervened for their release. According to him, the group was formed towards the end of 2001 and got dissolved in 2004. Mehmeti is sentenced to 30 years imprisonment for the killing of the UNMIK police officer in 2004 and is currently serving his sentence in the high security prison.
Meanwhile some family members of the victims, who Mehmeti mentions in his interview together with the alleged perpetrators, have reacted. The family Zemaj, Tolaj and Haklaj posted a joint statement on Facebook, and asked from the Prosecution to take the testimony of Mr. Mehmeti seriously and thoroughly investigate all his claims, media report.
In addition, the brother of one of the alleged perpetrators mentioned by Mehmeti, also took to Facebook to react and stated that Mehmeti’s claims are a complete fabrication and that the sole purpose of this interview, is the promise that he got from the President to be pardoned, Insajderi newsportal writes.
Related to the claims of Mehmeti, State Prosecutor Aleksander Lumezi told Gazeta Express that all these cases are under investigation by basic prosecutions, while a big number of the cases are also still under investigation by EULEX prosecutors.
“Some cases are being investigated by basic prosecutions, depending on the location of the crimes committed, while a number of the cases mentioned are in the hands of the international prosecutors from EULEX” Lumezi is quoted by Express.