Can this system of justice shed light upon the wiretapping affair in Kosovo?

Can this system of justice shed light upon the wiretapping affair in Kosovo?

Pristina, 19 August 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Elton Tota

Many people in Pristina are raising serious questions on the possibility of a real and fair investigation of what is known as the wiretapping affair in Kosovo.

Experts of legal affairs say that this affair cannot be solved by judicial institutions, as they “are part of the degradation of the judiciary system in the country”.

Fatos Rushiti, university law professor told IBNA that “telephone conversations which have been made public have confirmed suspicions that the judiciary system is at the service of the government and that all pledges for the so called reforms, are empty”.

According to him, in such situation, “it is absurd to demand for the scandal to be solved by the state prosecutor, who annuls cases based on the orders received by the people in power”.

“With the capacity that it has and with the relations that it has with the government, the judiciary system cannot shed light on this affair. Part of this affair is also the prosecution, which is involved in corruption and different affairs for which it must be held accountable”, he adds.

On the other hand, representatives of civil society demand for the Prosecution to start and collect proof on the scandal in question.

“Kosovo Democratic Institute”, an NGO, has called on the State Prosecutor to take legal action and to collect evidence in relation to the cases mentioned in the registered  conversations of the leaders of PDK.

KDI says that it sees the negligence of the state prosecutors as a problem, as they haven’t yet reacted to take measures against people involved in these registered conversations.

Prime Minister of Kosovo, Isa Mustafa, but also ministers of his cabinet, whom the opposition accuses of being part of the published registrations, have not issued any comments on these conversations, although they have allegedly intervened “in the work of the judicial system, recruitments, election of boards in state owned companies and many other issues”.

The publication of these registered conversations has led to the resignation of the head of the Parliamentary Group of the Democratic Party of Kosovo, Adem Grabovci.

It seems that the efforts of the opposition, several experts and public opinion for senior officials to receive criminal charges through the wiretapping affair, will fail. This conviction is strengthened by the latest declaration of the Kosovo General Attorney, Aleksander Lumezi, who said that these registered conversations include no elements of criminal offenses. /