Kosovo PM to sue EU rapporteur over report

Thaci said on Monday he would sue for slander a Council of Europe rapporteur who accused him of being an organised crime boss.

Kosovo PM to sue EU rapporteur over report

Kosovo Prime Minister Hashim Thaci said on Monday he would sue for slander a Council of Europe rapporteur who accused him of being an organised crime boss.

"Dick Marty must prepare good lawyers, if he can find any to defend him, because under no circumstances will Dick Marty escape justice for this slander," Thaci told Reuters in an interview. He declined to give further details.

"It was investigated three times. First it was investigated by the UN mission in Kosovo, then by other local institutions and the Hague tribunal and later by the EULEX," Thaci said referring to the EU police.

"The aim of this report is to damage the image of Kosovo, its people and all Albanians in this region, slow the recognition of Kosovo independence, block the start of talks between Kosovo and Serbia and delay the creation of new institutions after the Dec. 12 elections," Thaci said.

Kosovo's EU justice mission said it would examine the conclusions of the draft report.

The report by Marty, a Swiss senator, alleged that Thaci ran an organised crime ring in the late 1990s.

Agencies

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