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'People's Eye' Poses Terrorist Threat, Kosovo President Says

Hashim Thaci says security institutions have obtained a list of 26 people that an organization called People’s Eye - which has accepted responsibility for shooting Azem Vllasi - wants to execute.

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BIRN
Pristina
Kosovo's President Hashim Thaci | Photo: BIRN

Kosovo President Hashim Thaci said the country's security organs have seen a list of people that an organization called “People’s Eye” - which on Wednesday took responsibility for wounding the politician and lawyer Azem Vllasi - wants to kill.

“You can see that everything was planned and politically motivated when you read the list of 26 persons to be executed. Most of them are political leaders, former commanders of the Kosovo Liberation Army, religious leaders, analysts and journalists,” Thaci told RTV 21 TV station on Wednesday.

Declining to give details because “information on the case is sensitive”, President Thaci said, claiming that "the undisputed facts ... lead us directly to Moscow”.

On Wednesday, Kosovo media reported that “People’s Eye” had issued a statement taking responsibility for shooting and wounding former political leader and current lawyer Azem Vllasi and threatening similar actions in the future.

“The organization will take revenge on all those who had the people’s votes and did nothing for citizens but became corrupted and richer,” the statement said, Kosovo media reported.

The President said such threats ought to be taken seriously. “No one can ignore this, in my opinion, terrorist phenomenon,” Thaci said.

A former head of the ruling League of Communists in Kosovo in the yugoslav era, Vllasi was wounded on Monday morning in Pristina in a shooting incident.

Police have since arrested one suspect, Murat Jashari, who has admitted the charge, stating that he was motivated by the alleged damage Vllasi had done to people since his days in power in the 1980s.

 

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