Evaporating The Crime Value In Kosovo

The evaporation of the value of crime will avoid justice to prevail. The justice in Kosovo eventually may prevail, but on what a price!

Kosovo war ended in March of 1999 after an extended NATO bombing campaign on Yugoslavia that eventually led to the Serbian assembly granting Kosovo political autonomy while keeping it within its territorial border.

Nine years after the end of the war, Kosovo declared its independence, but its status as the self declared Republic of Kosovo has only been recognised by 108 of the 193 United Nations member states.

Kosovo is the poorest country in Europe, with millionaire politicians immersed in crime. A third of the workforce is unemployed and corruption is rife. About two out of three under the age of 25th are currently jobless, and nearly 50% of Kosovo’s 1.8 million people are considered to be poor.

30 Aug 2001, The Hague, Netherlands — Slobodan Milosevic in the trial of October 29 in which he was accused of having committed war crimes in Yugoslavia, Bosnia and Croatia. (Picture by Stephane Ruet/Sygma/Corbis)

30 Aug 2001, The Hague, Netherlands — Slobodan Milosevic in the trial of October 29 in which he was accused of having committed war crimes in Yugoslavia, Bosnia and Croatia. (Picture by Stephane Ruet/Sygma/Corbis)

This June Kosovo marked fifteenth anniversary of the end of the war between ethnic Albanians and Serbian forces under the leadership of the then Yugoslav regime of Milosevic; which was not convicted for crimes against humanity across the Balkan Peninsula, but found his death during ICTY trial in the Hague, Netherlands. Serbia and Milosevic’s successors (comrades!), who had played an important role in ethnic cleansing, mass murdering and massacring the innocent civilians in the then Yugoslavia, were rewarded with freedom of movement across European soil.

The European Union deprives freedom of movement for Kosovo Albanians who are suffering of their political leadership faults, which is among many penalties that the European Union has given to this ‘band’ of corrupted and organized crime administration, but unfortunately the suspected politicians are not deprived, they can even smuggle drugs from Turkey, through Kosovo, Serbia up to Europe. EU leadership seems to be reluctant to stage any sanctions against Kosovo’s leadership that are alleged for such crime offenses.

Suddenly, some American and European diplomats proposed Kosovo and Serbia’s politicians to additionally be rewarded with “Nobel Prize” for Peace.

Kosovo’s public administration has experienced a systematic installation of corruption and organized crime in its verge of power by some politicians who has managed to take – confidence vote by electoral population in the country. The media contribution towards civil society consciousness resurrection was marked and died alone in March 2004, when ethnic Albanians rose against foreign and domestic political and civil injustices in the country.

Some newspapers in Kosovo, who pretend a ‘game of thrones’ against organized crime in the country, are actually contributing to preserve it.

A Kosovo Albanian holds his ballot before he votes at a polling station in Gjilan, southeastern city of Kosovo. (Picture by Vedat Xhymshiti, for Corbis Images)

A Kosovo Albanian holds his ballot before he votes at a polling station in Gjilan, southeastern city of Kosovo. (Picture by Vedat Xhymshiti, for Corbis Images)

June is the month when 42% of the landlocked country voted to elect its parliament mainly composed by ravaged organized crime ‘rented thugs’ as Noam Chomsky would name them. During the pre-elections campaign (‘somebody!’) Kosovo’s renowned newspaper ‘Koha Ditore’ had published a non-verifiable material, but reliable regarding the authorial manner, which is a number of countless NATO Intelligence Service Files.

Revealing the NATO Intelligence files, and providing these sensitive materials to the Kosovo’s public under normal circumstances would affect (among others) the credibility reduction to the groups and individuals who are subject of its narratives. Roughly if the leaked files would be treated professionally and published in a period, which would suggest the science of mass communication, of course, that is highly possible (with a tough media pressure towards country’s prosecution!) that the names and surnames of these files would turn ‘somebody’ into a subject of investigations and further legal prosecution, namely the leadership of political parties: ruling ‘PDK of Hashim Thaçi; opposition AAK of Ramush Haradinaj; Vetëvendosje of Albin Kurti and LDK of Isa Mustafa.

Publication of NATO files in Pristina came at a time and circumstances, which certainly deteriorated the legal value of these files, which points out the involvement of government and party leaders in Kosovo’s crime scene bundle.

Mass communication science findings suggest that information, which aspires to face rulers with justice, should not be published in period of election campaigns. This could be a logical media strategy to tackle down those in charge as that would be no excuses from the country’s prosecution to hesitate further legal actions in accordance with law enforcement authorities to investigate and prosecute those if found guilty; otherwise everything can be interpreted as an act of party affiliations motives.

Apparently the revelation of these files subsequently produced a “positive effect” over the (participating) electoral opinion for the political parties leadership whose names are subject to NATO’s files.

Media should create compelling circumstances for politicians in the electoral race to make them appear in direct TV show duels, instead of serving as the propaganda mother-ship of political groups and its leadership.

Having revealed these files in Kosovo’s »Casablanca World War II« security environment, certainly my mind is highly motivated to believe that these files are deliberately published in this period, so they; the subjects of these leaked documents through ‘journalism’ can successfully reduce the reliability of these reports as well as the mechanisms that had drafted it.

Election campaigns are otherwise quite alike wedding party, with (acting!) Prime Minister Hashim Thaçi and country’s wide angle of political parties leadership, who offered dinners for the hungry, poor and unemployed citizens of different cities across Kosovo.

“Having beefsteak in the mouth it will be quite confusing for hungry citizens in political assumptions” said Kosovo’s psycho-sociologist and analyst Avni Rudaku.

Having such facts in mind, for sure the legal value of these files will evaporate, the elections passed and apparently the suspected ‘crime fugitives’ will keep leading the country.

Kosovo police have launched a probe into the murder of Elvis Pista, a prospective MP from the Democratic Party of Kosovo, who was shot dead in his hometown of Rahovec/Orahovac. (Picture by Vedat Xhymshiti, for Zuma Press)

Kosovo police have launched a probe into the murder of Elvis Pista, a prospective MP from the Democratic Party of Kosovo, who was shot dead in his hometown of Rahovec/Orahovac. (Picture by Vedat Xhymshiti, for Zuma Press)

Moreover, in such a ledge of wide political propaganda in the country, the media battle to pressure the state prosecution to handle with ‘recently’ revealed facts is guaranteed to fail, even if the prosecutor would ever wish to handle with it, in the next morning he or she would be fired from the position and additionally would be accused of espionage, “favoring the enemy”, which is most famous ‘Putin’s Russia’ style to vanish someone’s dispute towards Kosovo politicians dirty political back. Or, we would hear on the news that he or she suddenly committed suicide after jumping from a balcony of Pristina high buildings built by the crime cells, as well as it could be possible that he or she may happen to stab him-self with knife more then 10 times; privacy matter, very privacy!

Information are already forgotten and will be settled away from the people’s minds, apparently the parties and politicians to the foundation of the upcoming government will make arrangements of “one for all—and—all for one!” so they can save their chain of links that are suspected and could be subject of investigations for crime involvement allegations.

Some suspected Kosovo politicians have subsequently avoided justice ever since they took-over the power to rock and roll the country’s budget, law enforcement and Tribunal institutions by wisely using some media and political groups to evaporate every single snippet of information that would endanger their power and prosecute them or, would possibly prompt any civil uprisings, which would bring their rule to an end of their power abuse and misuse for more then a decade.

June elections in Kosovo aimed to establish the second government of Kosovo’s public independent administration ever since it declared its independence from Serbia in February 2008, a public declaration which was never ratified neither protocolled by the country’s provisional self-governance institutions and “it does not even aspire to be ratified” the (see paragraphs 102 & 109 of ICJ) International Court of Justice ruled in 2010—after their opinion was demanded from Serbia, if Independence Declaration (Feb 17th, 2008) breached International Law.

June elections marked also the death of two well known political activists; Elvis Pista an elected MP of ruling PDK, as well as the secretary of ‘Vetëvendosje Arbënor Dehari, the very recent casualties resulted after the political tensions rose between the ‘opposition united coalition front’ and ruling PDK party in the aftermath of the elections.

Hashim Thaçi, a former leader of the Kosovo Liberation Army Nov 30, 2007 — has claimed victory in Kosovo's general election. He will be the first prime minister of Kosovo state if he keeps what he promised during his pre-election campaign that declaration of independence at the end of January. (Credit Image: © Nikos Pilos/ZUMA Press)

Hashim Thaçi, a former leader of the Kosovo Liberation Army Nov 30, 2007 — has claimed victory in Kosovo’s general election. He will be the first prime minister of Kosovo state if he keeps what he promised during his pre-election campaign that declaration of independence at the end of January. (Credit Image: © Nikos Pilos/ZUMA Press)

The third term re-elected ruling PDK party leader Hashim Thaçi has been identified as one of the ‘biggest fish’ in organised crime in the landlocked country of the Balkan Peninsula. Therefore it is highly possible why more then 53% of Kosovo’s elective population have firmly refused to attend the polling stations in recent decade.

The 2011 NATO leaked files, which suddenly were not reported in Kosovo press (at that time!), indicated that the United States and some of EU countries backing Kosovo’s government, have had extensive knowledge of Kosovo’s political leadership criminal connections for several years therefore, if EU and US keep remaining reluctant to stage sanctions against their freedom of movement, maybe they are helping their expansion.

NATO files instead of being legally devaluated as it is already done should have been published in coordination with nation-wide Newspapers and the next step should and must have been a wide-angle media pressure towards country’s state prosecution to handle and seize legal ground over these reports. I assume that every one of us recalls the successful coordination of the worldwide publications for the US Diplomatic Leaked Cables as well as the NSA leaked documents.

The evaporation of the value of crime will avoid justice to prevail. The justice in Kosovo eventually may prevail, but on what a price!

Vedat Xhymshiti; is an independent journalist and war correspondent. He has reported on a number of Middle Eastern conflicts from the Arab Spring in 2010 to the current Syrian civil war. He has been published in various media including Der Spiegel, NY Times, TIME, Paris Match, Le Monde ect. He is specialized in International Relations and Diplomacy. Xhymshiti is also a print media critic, a columnist for the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network, and founder of THEFrontliner.net

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