Jacobson and Jahjaga congratulate police of Kosovo for the arrest of the imams

Jacobson and Jahjaga congratulate police of Kosovo for the arrest of the imams

Pristina, September 17, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Elton Tota

American ambassador to Kosovo, Tracey Ann Jacobson has backed the authorities of the country in the latest operations against religious extremism and radicalism.

“Once again, I congratulate Kosovo for its pro active approach against extremism”, declared today the US diplomat, commenting the arrests of the Kosovar imams.

The president of the country, Atifete Jahjaga praised the engagement of the institutions of Kosovo, the mechanisms of security and justice in preserving and guaranteeing constitutional order in Kosovo and national security.

“President Jahjaga praised the actions of the security mechanisms which aim at preventing illegal activity, including the spreading of cross religious hate and the recruitment for extremist causes of the nationals of Kosovo. These operations aim at making Kosovo a free, safe and tolerant country, unthreatened by phenomena which jeopardize the values and ideals over which we built our state and our long tradition of religious harmony”, reads the press release of president Jahjaga.

President Jahjaga also says that institutions of Kosovo seriously understand the responsibility to act against this global threat in line with the determination of the citizens of Kosovo to build a tolerant country.

Meanwhile, Islamic Community of Kosovo has expressed its interest after the arrest of 12 imams in Kosovo.

The spokesman of the Islamic Community of Kosovo, Ahmet Sadriu declared that the Community is worried about the arrest of the imams, adding that “nobody can be above the law and competent authorities must do their job. We have said before and we reiterate that their responsibility is individual”, said Sadriu.

Police of Kosovo arrested today 13 people, of which 12 are imams of the Islamic Community of Kosovo. /ibna/