KIPRED: High profile corruption remains unpunished

KIPRED: High profile corruption remains unpunished

Pristina, 22 March 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Elton Tota

Kosovo continues to see a lack of punishment for cases of high profile corruption. This is stated in the report issued by the Kosovo Institute for Policy Research and Development (KIPRED) called “Impunity in Kosovo: Fight against high level corruption”.

This report shows that pressure against prosecutors is direct. Ariana Qosaj-Mustafa of KIPRED says that the efforts of state institutions in Kosovo to fight this phenomenon have generated shameful results due to the lack of political will and weak performance of the rule of law institutions.

According to her, investigations are often jeopardized due to the leak of information in the public media, thus increasing public pressure on certain prosecutors.

For this reason, according to her, prosecutors decide not to deal with high profile cases.

Qosaj-Mustafa said that similarly, courts too have faced obstacles with cases of corruption.

In order to improve fight against high profile corruption, KIPRED recommends that special prosecutors must increase transparency and accountability in cases when high profile officials are prosecuted.

In international reports, including Transparency International, Kosovo faces the highest level of corruption in the region. /ibna/