Kosovo: 13 opposition MPs arrested

Kosovo: 13 opposition MPs arrested

Pristina, 15 December 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Elton Tota

In the late hours of Monday, opposition MPs have left the premises of the Parliament of Kosovo, while parliamentary proceedings were taking place in an alternative hall.

Outside of parliament, five Self Determination MPs have been taken in by police: Glauk Konjufca, Besa Baftiu, Aida Derguti, Fisnik Ismaili and Faton Topalli.

All of these MPs were suspected of throwing teargas inside parliament’s premises.

Authorities have also arrested three other MPs of the Alliance for the Future of Kosovo: Pal Lekaj, Time Kadriaj and Teuta Haxhiu, also suspected of letting of teargas.

The same allegations also exist on Albin Kurti, Albulena Haxiu and Ismail Kurteshi from Self Determinatio, Haxhi Shala from Incentive for Kosovo and Donika Kadaj Bujupi from AAK; lawmakers in total who have been placed on house arrest or remanded in custody.

Self Determination Party a statement declaring that Kosovo police is being used as a tool in the hands of the government.

“The arrest of opposition MPs is the latest scandal happening with the so called democracy of the government led by PM Mustafa. These MPs have been arrested while they enjoy immunity”, the statement reads.

The largest opposition party says that the arrest of the MPs violates the will of tens of thousands of voters.

“The arrests of opposition MPs have become intolerable and the government has made it impossible to find a normal political solution of the crisis. The arrest of these MPs aim at shutting up the opposition. The arrest of these MPs aims at protecting the unlawful agreements of Zajednica and Demarcation”, the statement says.

Meanwhile, Kosovo’s government has considered the opposition’s actions as unacceptable.

Leader of the Democratic Party of Kosovo, Hashim Thaci has demanded the approval of a declaration which condemns the use of violence in parliament by opposition MPs.

Thaci declared that dialogue is the only solution on all issues that the opposition contests.

Representatives of the international community also express their disappointment on the developments taken place on Monday in parliament. They have demanded for violence to come stop and for political dialogue to resume. /ibna/