Pristina, 28 July 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency
By Elton Tota
Kosovo will be obliged to pay millions of euros in compensation to an Austrian printing house that was contracted for the production of biometric passports
A Paris based international tribunal has ruled out that Kosovo must pay 4,9 million euros to the AG Staatdruckerei printing house for terminating the contract for the production of biometric passports before the agreed deadline and for several payments which had not been made.
Kosovo announced a tender for the production of biometric passports in 2011, while this process turned into a scandal not only within Kosovo’s borders. Two people were sentenced to jail in relation to this case.
The main defendant in this case, German citizen, Natali Velija, was sentenced to 12 years in prison and 25 thousand euros of fine on 18 December last year, while Fisnik Blakaj was sentenced to 11 years in prison and given the same fine.
But in February of this year, their sentences were reduced by four years each.
Velijaj and Blakaj were sentenced for embezzling the amount of money that should have gone to the Austrian company OESD. Almost half of the money has been found.
The criminal group led by Natali Velijaj, owner of Consulting Eu, has plotted to appropriate the money. /balkaneu.com/