SUNDAY 30.10.2011 | 10:56 Interpol issues arrest warrant for five K. Serbs SOURCE: B92, BETA, TANJUG
The Interpol arrest warrant
The warrant, which is published on Interpols website, was issued at UNMIKs request.
Interpol issued the warrant for the arrest of Ratomir Boović, Radovan Radić, Milovan Vlaković, Slobodan Vučinić and Duan Jovanović.
UNMIK, as a representative of the UN in Kosovo, has asked Interpol to issue the arrest warrants for these persons. We requested the interpol to publish the names of the suspects after we got the court documentation from EULEX, UNMIK Spokesman Olivier Salgado told B92.
Radio Dukagjini has reported that Ratomir Kasalević’s name is not on the Interpol arrest warrant even though he is one of the suspects for the murder of the policeman.
Zymberi was shot and killed during the operation of the Pritina authorities aimed at establishing law and order at the Jarinje and Brnjak administrative crossings in northern Kosovo on July 26.
Saturday 29.10.2011 | 10:46 | Source: B92, Beta, Tanjug | Comments: (2) | Send comment BELGRADE — 15 persons were arrested in a police operation that started on Saturday morning at 18 locations in Novi Pazar, Sjenica and Tutin.
BELGRADE — Serbian Interior Minister Ivica Dačić said Wednesday that the Serbian Counter-Organized Crime Service (SBPOK) had recovered two stolen Pablo Picasso paintings.
The stolen paintings Head of horse and Glass and pitcher were found in Belgrade.
According to Dačić, the paintings were found in cooperation with the Swiss police.
The works created by Picasso in 1962 (Head of horse) and 1944 (Glass and pitcher) are worth millions of dollars. They were stolen from an exhibition in the town of Pfaeffikon near Zurich in February 2008, and they were on loan from the Sprengel Museum in Hannover, Germany, at the time of the theft.
According to earlier announcements of Swiss State prosecutor Charles Faessler, Switzerland had sent an official request to Serbia for the paintings to be returned.
Public debates on the new constitutional changes in Kosovo aim to influence the election of the new president.
By Linda Karadaku for Southeast European Times in Pristina — 20/10/11
For the first time, Kosovo’s president will be elected directly by voters. [Reuters]
The debate over new constitutional changes could help shape the election platform of potential presidential candidates. For the first time ever, Kosovo’s president will be chosen in a direct public election. The date has not been set yet.
NGO coalition KDI — the Kosovo Democratic Institute — is co-organising the debates, along with the Commission for Amendment of Kosovo Constitution.
Citizens differ on the topic of the future president. Some advocate the election of a Kosovo-born president; others say those born outside of Kosovo should have the same opportunity for candidacy.
Beide haben ja ebenso beste Beziehungen zu Bin Laden, den Drogen Bossen, Mördern und Terroristen, wo wir ja viele Quellen brachten, inklusive secret NATO Reports.
TAGESSPIEGEL: TAQI IN EUROPA UNERWÜNSCHT
Das Kabinett des Kosovo-Premiers Hashim Taqi hat den Staatschefs der 27 EU-Länder Anträge für einen Besuch in diesen Ländern gesandt, und alle wurden abgelehnt, schreibt das deutsche Blatt Tagesspiegel und überträgt das in Pristina erscheinende Zeri. Der Tagesspiegel schreibt, Taqis Anträge seien abgelehnt worden weil der begründete Verdacht besteht, dass er in organisiertes Verbrechen verwickelt ist.
German daily: Thaci involved in organized crime
PRITINA — Kosovo PM Hashim Thacis government has sent 27 invitations to EU member states’s leaders to visit Kosovo, Berlin-based daily Der Tagesspiegel has reported.
According to the German daily, Thacis invitations were rejected under suspicion that he is involved in organized crime.
Kosovo officials have, however, rejected the article as irrelevant and Deputy Prime Minister Hajredin Kuci has refused to comment on it.
I didnt read it, so I cannot comment on it, he told Pritina-based Albanian language daily Zeri.
Kosovo opposition parties representatives say that the article shows the invisible side of the government and isolation of Kosovo.
Self-Determination Movements Florin Krasniqi says that if someone looked at Thacis luxurious way of life it would be easy to understand that he does not make a living off his monthly salary, but that he is involved in business and criminal activities.
Thaci comes to Kosovo assembly sessions wearing Hermes ties that cost EUR 300 to 500. Only a criminal or a billionaire businessman can afford such ties, he explained.
I think that Thaci belongs to the first category and the whole world knows that he is a plan criminal, Krasniqi added.
He also claims he has proof that the Kosovo prime minister is involved in organized crime.
Kosovo has two options to keep Thaci or build itself. We, the citizens, need to decide whether we want to defend Thaci or to build Kosovo as a democratic state, the Self-Determination Movement official stressed.
Alliance for the Future of Kosovo (AAK) official Burim Ramadani points out that Thaci has isolated Kosovo.
We witness that there are no visits on a high level. Kosovo remains an isolated country due to suspicions regarding Thaci. It is harmful and it affects Kosovo, he pointed out.
The AAK official added that he did not read the article in the German daily but that he did not doubt that Thacis requests were rejected.
Analysts point out that articles such as the one in Der Tagesspiegel additionally tarnish Kosovos reputation.
Political analyst Avni Zogiani says he is not surprised that the world leaders refuse to meet with Kosovo government officials because he believes that Kosovo leaders are corrupt criminals.
According to him, the opinion that Kosovo leaders are involved in organized crime is also keeping potential investors away.
Deutschland Radio: Thaçi, persona non grata, sekret i Evropës
Publikuar: 19.07.2011 – 17:29
Prishtinë, 19 korrik – Hashim Thaçi njihet si persona non-grata, sekret i Evropës. Kështu ka vlerësuar radioja publike gjermane, Deutschland Radio, sipas të cilës, Kosova është një vend i zhytur në korrupsion, pa perspektivë për të rinjtë, të cilët kryeministrin Thaçi e konsiderojnë si simbol të mafisë, transmeton KTV. Radio gjermane tregon se kënga e Trojës, Amaneti i Clownit, është bërë himni i pakënaqësisë kundër gjendjes aktuale për të rinjtë kosovarë. Të rinjtë kosovarë, sipas kësaj radioje, e shohin kryeministrin Thaçi si burim të të këqijave në Kosovë. Por, Hashim Thaçi është në pushtet, përkrahet nga Amerika dhe e sheh si garantuesin e stabilitetit politik. Në Evropë prakitikisht është izoluar. Shumë pak zyrtarë të lartë qeveritarë nga Gjermania, Franca apo edhe shtetet e tjera të BE-së e kanë vizituar Prishtinën kohëve të fundit. Hashim Thaçi njihet si person non-grata, sekret i Evropës. Kjo është përforcuar kur e bëri një biznesmen të dyshimtë president, e edhe kur u raportua në Evropë se është peshku i madh i mafias kosovare, që pas luftës trafikoi drogë dhe armë dhe ishte përfshirë edhe në trafikim organesh njerëzore. Kryeministri e mbrojti veten, duke hedhur poshtë akuzat, raporton më tej radioja. Ngushëllimi i vetëm, sipas radios gjermane, mbetet kënga e Trojës
Intense American interest for developments in Thrace
October 21, 2011
A secret document (No. 1044 / 12 September 2008) of the National Intelligence Service (EYP), revealed by the magazine Epikaira, reports the intense involvement in Thrace of the U.S. Consulate in Thessaloniki. According to the document the ultimate goal was the manipulation of the Greek Muslim minority and its subsequent exploitation to serve American interests in the region.
The Greek secret services highlighted the very strong interest shown by U.S. officials on issues related to minority education, going so far as to exert pressure even on a specific teacher working in a minority elementary school in the village Megalos Dereios in Evros. The teacher was the well-known Chara Nikopoulou, who, after having provoked the wrath of the Turkish consulate in Komotini, because she strongly argued that her students being Pomaks are not Turks, she was subsequently targeted by the Greek Ministry of Education, which swiftly transferred her, criticizing her for exercising foreign policy inside the school.
A classified document of the Southeast Europe Directorate of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs dated 19 May 2008, which describes the actions of the U.S. Consulate in Thessaloniki in the area as highly suspicious and beyond any authority (Greek daily Proto Thema, 06/15/2008).
US Investigators Crack Down on Daimler’s Culture of Corruption
By Dietmar Hawranek
After corruption scandals involving engineering giant Siemens and truck manufacturer MAN, Daimler is now in the spotlight. The US is pressing charges against the carmaker over alleged bribery payments to foreign governments. The case will likely be settled out of court.
Sometimes two letters are enough to tell an entire story. In this case, the two letters, which were printed on the labels of three files in a safe at the Mercedes-Benz office in Istanbul, were „N.A.“
The German automaker produces busses in Turkey, which it sells in countries around the world, including North Korea, Latvia, Bulgaria, Romania and Russia. The company apparently paid 3.3 million ($4.4 million) in bribes to secure business in these countries.
This, at least, is the way the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) interprets the content of the files with the letters „N.A.“ — an abbreviation for the words „Nützliche Aufwendungen“ („useful payments“) — printed on the label. It’s another — and very German — way of saying „bribes.“
The story behind the files is particularly dramatic, because it also involved the suicide of an executive. Rudi K., who worked for Mercedes-Benz’s parent company Daimler in Nigeria, was apparently involved in the payments. He was faced with a difficult choice: report poor sales figures or risk a jail term.
American attorneys questioned K. for several days. He later told his wife that he was treated like a hardened criminal and was under „enormous pressure.“ Then K. committed suicide.
Good at Corruption?
The affair has proved to be extremely expensive for automaker Daimler, which is set to pay $185 million to settle a lawsuit in the United States. The case raises many questions. How could a respected global corporation like Daimler apparently have violated German and international law for years by paying bribes in at least 22 countries around the world? Could it be that the Daimler case is in fact typical for Germany, which until recently was the world’s largest exporter? Are German companies as good at corruption as they are at exporting?
It hasn’t been long since two other major German companies, electronics giant Siemens and the industrial group MAN, were found to have engaged in bribery on a large scale. Last Wednesday, prosecutors searched the headquarters of industrial services provider Ferrostaal. The company is suspected of having used secret payments to promote the sale of submarines and oceangoing tugs, and of having managed bribes for other companies.
The so-called „useful payments“ known as „N.A.“ are payments to people who are expected to be of use to the company in the contract-awarding process, including government officials, cabinet ministers and heads of state, as well as their wives and children. Such payments were legal in Germany until 1998 and were even tax deductible.
But then Germany was forced to bow to US pressure. In 1977, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act made it illegal for American companies to bribe foreign business contacts. Washington complained that US companies stood to lose billions in contracts because they, unlike companies in Germany and other countries, were barred from paying bribes. Germany, at the time the world’s second-largest exporter after the US, responded by imposing its own ban on the bribing of foreign decision-makers.
One of Albanias main commercial ports, has become the focus of a high-tech survey bringing together US and Albanian hydrographers.
The Fleet Survey Team, FST, is conducting a hydrographic survey in the harbor of Durres, its approaches and anchorages in a cooperative survey with the Albanian government.
FST deployed a seven-person survey team, comprised of both military and civilian surveyors, and a nine-metre survey vessel for the mission, which includes the collection of sound data, tidal information and geodetics.
Durres, which is located on the Adriatic Sea, is one of Albanias major commercial ports and is home to the Albanian Hydrographic Service. Albanian hydrographers are working alongside the U.S. Navy hydrographers and participating in every aspect of the project.
The teams mission is to support [Commander, Naval Forces Europe and Africa, U.S. 6th Fleet] safety of navigation requirements, said Commander Richard Kennedy, FST executive officer, who recently returned from spending a week in the field with the team.
Kennedy said the Albanian port was last surveyed in the early 1990s by the Naval Oceanographic Office, before Fleet Survey Team was established.
The newly collected data will be used by the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, the U.S. charting authority, to update nautical charts to support U.S. vessels on port visits to Durres. The Albanian Hydrographic Service will use the data to update the Albanian charts.
FST is a rapid-response team with capabilities to conduct quick-turnaround hydrographic surveys anywhere in the world.
80 foreign murderers welcomed to Britain: Albanian killers allowed to stay despite being on Interpol ‚wanted‘ list
By Sue Reid and Arthur Martin
Last updated at 11:28 PM on 23rd January 2009
Eighty foreign killers are exploiting the chaotic asylum system to set up home in Britain, it was revealed yesterday.The convicted murderers from Albania have been given British passports despite being officially listed as ‚wanted‘ by Interpol.
Most slipped across the Channel from Calais to Dover hidden in the back of lorries on ferries. They used bogus names and false papers to claim asylum, often pretending to be from the war-torn Balkan republic of Kosovo.
The scandal came to light when Albania’s chief of police complained that 100 criminals from his country have been granted British citizenship and now live here.
Many of the convicted murderers slipped across the Channel from Calais to Dover. Above is a feeding station for refugees in Calais (file picture)
The police chief said the criminals have been allowed to stay even though the Albanian government has informed the Home Office of the true identities of the men and their crimes, which also include rape and robbery.
Many of the convicted criminals have been living in the UK for up to ten years and have started new families here.
As the revelations exposed the shambles within the asylum system yet again, campaigners expressed their outrage.
Sir Andrew Green, of MigrationWatch, said: ‚It is a real concern that people accused of, or even convicted of, very serious crimes should apparently find it so easy to gain asylum in Britain.‘
Rose Dixon, of victim group Support After Murder and Manslaughter, added: ‚I’m astounded. If this is correct, I’m appalled that these people are walking the streets of Britain. I think we should be told a lot more about this.‘
After the Home Office was informed about the true identity of the asylum seekers, extradition proceedings against them were lodged by the Albanian Government.
But complex legal arguments and the need to find interpreters and psychologists has led to lengthy delays.
Albanian criminals use myriad loopholes in the extradition laws to avoid being sent home.
Their lawyers often claim they will suffer human rights abuse on their return, or that trials in their absence were unfair because they could not give their side.
The situation is even more complicated if they have become British citizens. Under the Human Rights Act 1988, this gives them further protection against being removed because their family life would be disrupted.
Even when a case does finally go through a British court, it is the Home Secretary who decides the fate of the asylum seeker.
Meanwhile, many continue to live off state hand-outs while others have gone on to commit crimes in Britain.
Ahmet Prenci, the Albanian chief of police, said he felt as if all his force’s hard work in tracking down the culprits had been in vain.
‚We have made a list of our people who are hiding in the UK,‘ he said. ‚There are 100 criminals, and more than 80 per cent are wanted for murder and have been convicted in absentia.
‚They have been given British citizenship despite our efforts to extradite them to serve prison sentences in our country.
‚We are working intensively to identify, locate, and then to arrest wanted Albanian people in Britain. Unfortunately, many have British passports obtained after they claimed asylum by pretending to be Kosovans.
‚We are unhappy that the courts repeatedly refuse extradition of these criminals. There is no reason for an Albanian citizen who has been involved in a crime not to be punished.‘
In the presence of even a U.S embassy representative, the Court of Tirana started today the trial for the property dispute in Hamallaj, a suit filed by the heirs of the Toptani family, who claim the ownership of these 175 hectares of land.
But this land is also pretended by the family and relatives of the killed Judge Skerdilajd Konomi, who has won the case at the Supreme Court on May 2011.
The Konomi family is not part of this trial, since the Toptani family has sued the National Agency of Property Return (NAPR).
However, a few days before this trial, the family of the killed judge addressed public letters to the President, the Prime Minister and several embassies, demanding a fair trial.
Judge Arjan Aliaj did not fulfill the Toptani family request, who insisted to get access to the heritage file of the 275 hectares of land.
The NAPR representative, Erkan Dollani, declared that the file nr. 421, dated 1 November 2010, was seized by the Tirana Prosecution and for this reason the plaintiff could have no access to it.
The Judge heard the pretenses of lawyer Tonin Prendi, representative of the Toptani family, who submitted the evidence that according to him prove that Nazmi Toptani, Bihter Toptani, Alma Struga, Rezart Mullai, Jusuf Hamzaraj etc. are heirs of the 275 hectares of land in four villages of Sukth Municipality, Durres District.
The session was adjourned to December 5th, for hearing the NAPR pretenses.