#AceNewsServices – BRUSSELS – November 01 – Only an external investigation can restore faith in Eulex, the EU rule of law mission in Kosovo, Maria Bamieh, the British prosecutor at the heart of corruption revelations has told EUobserver.
‘EXTERNAL INVESTIGATION REQUIRED TO RESTORE FAITH IN EULEX OVER MISSION IN KOSOVO ‘
The revelations, first published in Kosovo daily Koha Ditore earlier this week, say: that a senior official colluded with suspects in criminal cases; that another official took bribes to shut down prosecutions; and that a third one quashed internal Eulex probes.
‘Press Conference: Allegations of Corruption against EULEX are being pursued vigorously’
The story cited transcripts of wire-tapped conversations as well as internal letters written by Bamieh to her superiors to alert them of wrongdoing.
In a second story, published on Friday (31 October), Koha Ditore cited other documents showing that Eulex gave confidential information to Serbian intelligence services.
Bamieh told EUobserver on Thursday the EU mission also: turned a blind eye to a miscarriage of justice in a triple-murder case; failed to protect witnesses; and lied to press.
She said two Kosovo men – who are in jail for a bombing in 2007 and for killing three other people the same year – were convicted of the triple murder on evidence “that would never stand up in a British court”.
The men agreed to give Eulex information on the Kosovo mafia in return for promises that Eulex would re-examine the triple-murder case and would guarantee their future safety.
But Bamieh said neither promise was kept.