Kosovo and USA sign an extradition agreement

Kosovo and USA sign an extradition agreement

Pristina, 29 March 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Elton Tota

President of Kosovo, Atifete Jahjaga and the US ambassador to Pristina, Greg Delawie signed today an agreement for extradition between Kosovo and the USA.

After signing the agreement, Jahjaga said that besides boosting bilateral relations with the USA, this agreement also proves that the country is determined for the rule of law.

In 2010, a panel of three EULEX judges had refused a request by the USA for the extradition of Bajram Asllani, who was suspected of offering support for terrorists.

President Jahjaga said that this agreement was needed.

“So far, in spite of the close cooperation with US authorities in the domain of security, the absence of this extradition agreement has been a legal obstacle in successfully finalizing cases”, Jahjaga said.

Meanwhile, US ambassador Delawie said that this agreement is very important for the prevention of terrorism in both parts of the Atlantic.

“This is a historical event because this agreement abrogates an earlier agreement signed between USA and kingdom of Serbia in 1901. This agreement is one of the most contemporary ones in the region and will bring criminals before justice in both sides of the Atlantic”, the US ambassador said. /ibna/