“Corruption in Kosovo is not being fought”

“Corruption in Kosovo is not being fought”

Pristina, April 1, 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Elton Tota

The chairman of the Agency Against Corruption (AKK), Hasan Preteni accused prosecution and courts on Wednesday for not doing enough in terms of suspected corruption cases.

“There’s a lot of talk on corruption in Kosovo, but little is being investigated and nothing is tried”, said the head of AKK.

During a conference where the 2014 report was presented, the head of AKK declared that corruption in Kosovo is not being fought, given that it’s seeing a growth. According to him, the procurement domain is the domain with the biggest suspected cases of corruption.

“A lot is being said and debated on corruption in Kosovo, but nothing is being investigated and nothing is being tried. No progress has been achieved, although the false declaration of wealth by senior officials has become a criminal offense”, said Preteni.

According to him, judges and prosecutors continue to neglect such offenses.

He has also criticized formal fines which have been issued by courts for cases of non declaration of wealth by senior officials.

“They are formal sentences, 2-6 months conditional prison sentences, but nobody goes to prison! And the fines amount from 200 to 1000 Euros, which at the end are reduced”, he said.

Speaking on the strategy for the fight of corruption 2013-2017, Preteni said that it has not yielded the expected results. /ibna/