40 terrorist suspects in Kosovo remanded in custody for 30 days

40 terrorist suspects in Kosovo remanded in custody for 30 days

Pristina, August 14, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Elton Tota

Court of First Instance in Pristina issued a press statement today where it explained the reasons why it decided to accept the request of the Special Prosecution to remand terrorist suspects into custody for a period of 30 days.

According to the court, in the near past, all the suspects had traveled outside of Kosovo by going to Syria and to come back again, while there’s a flee risk in case they are released.

The court decided to remand into custody all 40 suspects due to the fact that if found guilty, they may be sentenced no less than 5 years in prison.

In making this decision, the court has also taken into account the possibility that the suspects may affect the witnesses and forge the evidence.

A little before the verdict came out, police also confirmed that on Thursday morning, they have arrested two other suspects accused of the same charges, one of them is the imam of the Islamic Community of Kosovo, Zekerija Qazimi, who has served in the El-Kuddus mosque in Gjilan.

The 40 men suspected of terrorism were arrested by the police of Kosovo on Monday morning. This operation has been conducting by assessing the threat posed on national security, constitutional order and law and order.

Police have also seized material evidence, such as explosives, ammunition and other evidence. /ibna/