News 15 Sep 15

‘No Trust’ in Kosovo Witness Protection Scheme

Kosovo’s witness protection programme currently has no witnesses under its protection because they don’t trust the country’s justice system, a new analysis by a Pristina-based NGO said.

Petrit Collaku
BIRN
Pristina
The launch of the CRDP's witness protection report.

The Centre for Research, Documentation and Publication NGO said that its policy analysis, which was launched in Pristina on Tuesday, shows that the biggest problem with the witness protection programme is that people in Kosovo do not trust the justice system.

The CRDP report also highlighted deficiencies in the law for the protection of witnesses, small budget for the police protection directorate’s inadequate budget and the lack of support from Kosovo’s institutions for the witness protection programme, both political and financial.

Besa Kabashi-Ramaj, a consultant at CRDP, said that people believe that it is not safe to testify in Kosovo due to prejudices that “if you testify you are a traitor, particularly in war crime cases”.

“They fear revenge,” she said.

“Also there is huge distrust towards Kosovo’s institutions, although Kosovo’s institutions did not fail to protect a witness because there was no mandate so far to protect a witness,” she added.

Kabashi-Ramaj said that when the EU rule-of-law mission in Kosovo, EULEX, began working in 2008, it had greater trust, but over time it lost its credibility, particularly in dealing with trials.

“Now, this negative heritage is transferred to Kosovo’s institutions,” she said.

Kosovo’s directorate for witness protection took over responsibility from EULEX in September 2012.

Talk about it!

blog comments powered by Disqus

Latest Headlines

Comment 23 Jan 18

Ivanovic Killing Shows Serbia and Kosovo Must Cooperate

News 22 Jan 18

Kosovo, Serbia Agree to Share Information on Ivanovic

News 22 Jan 18

WWII PM Nedic ‘Saw Himself as Serbia’s Petain’

News 18 Jan 18

Witness Recognized Medicus Suspect at Pristina Airport

News 17 Jan 18

Macedonia President Vetoes Language Law

News 17 Jan 18

Kosovo Police Tracks Car Origin in Ivanovic Murder

comment 17 Jan 18

Ivanovic Death is Failure for All of Kosovo

Background

serb-minority-rights-scripted-out-in-croatia-09-02-2015

Serb Minority Rights Scripted Out in Croatia

The muted response to the Croatian town of Vukovar’s decision to scrap controversial bilingual signs in Latin and Serb Cyrillic script suggests the EU has lost focus on minority rights, analysts claimed.

Croatian Dissident Feared Kidnap by Yugoslav Spies

The trial of Zdravko Mustac and Josip Perkovic, former Yugoslav spy chiefs accused of killing a Croatian émigré, heard that the victim repeatedly told his German lover that he was living in fear.

Subscribe to Our Newsletter