US embassy imposes sanctions on Kosovar officials involved in corruption

US embassy imposes sanctions on Kosovar officials involved in corruption

The US embassy to Pristina has released a press statement announcing that people who have been involved in corruption cases shall not be issued US entry visas. The embassy says that citizens of Kosovo deserve a justice system that holds individuals accountable for their corrupt actions.

Full statement:

Kosovo citizens deserve a justice system that holds individuals accountable for their corrupt actions.

In this regard, the U.S. Embassy is taking steps to ensure that individuals involved in major corruption cases are not issued visas that would allow them to travel to the United States for business or tourism.

It is the practice of consular officers to review the facts of every visa application, including any derogatory information associated with the applicant, and determine visa eligibility based on U.S. laws.  We continuously weigh allegations and evidence of corruption and organized crime in visa determinations, as appropriate, to limit those who contribute to these problems from obtaining visas to travel to the United States.

We will continue to express publicly our concern that no one is being held accountable, including Kosovo officials, for the clear corruption and organized crime present in the Pronto, Italian visa, Dubrava prison escape, Land, and Apex cases, as well as other similar cases. /ibna/