It’s been a very busy season for Albanian badness getting out of the bag, and keeping up has been hard. I was still putting together the next compilation on the organ scandal when I got an email about the Albanian would-be terrorist being sentenced in Maryland. I was about to write that blog when a Kosovo-Albanian in Frankfurt unloaded his gun on a bus of U.S. servicemen until the gun jammed. All of that kept me from getting to this Kosovo cop who killed himself the same week. It seems he found out that there’s no such thing as law enforcement in Kosovo, and realized he wasn’t supposed to exist. A very sad story that should help give Americans an idea of what it’s like for an Albanian in Kosovo who actually tries to create a civilized society.

KPS suicide “because of pressure to allow smuggling”

2 March 2011 | 17:09 | Source: Tanjug

PRIŠTINA — A Kosovo Albanian member of the Kosovo police, KPS, recently committed suicide, and wrote a suicide note, media in Priština are reporting.

Luan Ademaj reportedly wrote that pressure that the Priština-based Kosovo government officials exerted on him to allow smuggling was the reason to take his own life, Albanian language daily Koha Ditore writes on Wednesday.

In the letter that the paper had seen, Ademaj wrote that he was placed under pressure of the Kosovo officials involved in smuggling, but did not mention their names or the names of any companies.

The 37-year-old was in charge of a border crossing with Montenegro, and committed suicide in February.

Note that this pressure by officials, strong enough to compel Ademaj to such an act, persists apparently unabated even in the face of the Council of Europe report that has made it now widely known that Kosovo is a racket, which every last official is in on. Shameless.

Meanwhile, this is not the first time that an earnest cop went down in Kosovo. Remember the case of Triumf Riza, who was shot down because he tried to do real law enforcement and not be part of the corruption that the US subsidizes and sponsors.

Kosovo’s Choice Between Justice and Organised Crime (Sept. 13, 2007)

Following the murder of a popular policeman, Kosovars can no longer plead ignorance about the extent to which mafia crime has penetrated the country.

By Krenar Gashi in Pristina

“Who watches your back now?” was the banner many people were carrying on September 4 next to a giant portrait of Triumf Riza, the police officer shot dead one week earlier, allegedly by a notorious gang. Thousands marched in Pristina’s streets on that day, taking part in a peaceful rally against organised crime in Kosovo.

Riza, an elite member of the Kosovo Police Service, KPS, was known for his commitment to the fight against crime. His colleagues say he was never reluctant to chase criminals, even when they were close to the authorities or politicians.

Riza was murdered by shots from an automatic weapon in a crowded district of Pristina in broad daylight. His murder clearly intended to terrify people: to set fear into their hearts and send a message that crime rules the no man’s land of Kosovo. Those few who dissent from this can expect to be killed in front of our eyes.

It only took hours for fellow officers to declare they had found the alleged murderer of their colleague. A young man, identified only as A.B., surrendered two days later, and admitted the crime. He may face a maximum penalty of 40 years in prison.

Riza’s colleagues, however, are not satisfied with A.B.’s arrest, and the investigation into the case continues.

In the close-knit society of Kosovo there is no feeling that justice is being done. There is an overall understanding that behind A.B. stands a notorious criminal gang, whose leader’s name cannot be uttered in public — only whispered among close groups of friends.

In the meantime, one can only wonder why Kosovars, eight years after they survived a vicious campaign of ethnic cleansing, seem equally afraid to pronounce or even write down the name of their most fearsome gangsters. What has happened in Kosovo that the situation has reached this point? [As I explained at the time, the reason they were able to survive or stand up to “ethnic cleansing” but not to this is they never actually faced an ethnic cleansing, so there was no thing to fear. Except these same gangsters who were forcing them to peddle a tale of ethnic cleansing, and so the same fear caused that war, not “ethnic cleansing.”]

The police should think hard about why they have not arrested hundreds of other criminals in connection with this — and other — murders, when they were racketeering, bribing and stealing.

On [the] other hand, when the police prepare cases for trial, the courts often release the defendants. This apparent inability of the courts to convict the accused is, one fears, inspiring and encouraging criminals.

*****UPDATE*****
I remembered another case of a KPS officer trying to do the right thing in Kosovo, and finding nothing but frustration against the corruption machine. I blogged about it in December 2009, in the form of a letter I’d received from a U.S. KFOR soldier in October 2009:

…For the most part the people in the military just do as little as possible as far as their duties, so coming to this “friendly Muslim nation” is to most easy money…In any case, Eulex has been busting some low level smugglers, dragging the KPS along with them in the raids.

While doing a rotation at the Serbian border at around midnight, the commercial traffic coming into Kosovo starts to become very heavy, like a traffic jam of Semi Trucks. After the sun came up and I asked the Eulex guy who I think was from Finland when they were going to start looking in, or searching these trucks. He said in a thick accent, “Ehhh maybe later.” I looked at my watch and said, “When, at like noon?” He said laughing, “No no, maybe next year.”

Are you kidding me? Turns out, this is the only border in the Continent of Europe that doesn’t search its vehicles entering the country. Which is why 80% of the Heroin in all of Europe is controlled by Albanians. It’s actually so stupid that Poppies are grown in Afghanistan fueling terrorism, smuggled through Turkey along the Balkan route and stockpiled in Macedonia and Gnjilane, Kosovo 10 minutes from our base. It makes you think, “Why even bother getting worked up?”…[A Eulex officer] told me that in Gnjilane even with the 75% unemployment, there is an average of 1500 cash deposits over 10,000 Euros monthly.

I was talking to a KPS officer with an interpreter who was frustrated with the level of corruption within the Police. He said “what would you suggest to fix the problem of corruption?” I told him we need to enforce the borders and not let the reason for crime to enter this country. He said ahhh yes, that is the best idea. And me, wanting so desperately to make a bust started plugging him for information about corruption. He said that in the past he would give info and KFOR would just tell him they would pass it up the chain of command. I promised him if he told me, I would use other avenues…I told him without custom border laws in place yet, the black market here will always remain strong…I asked him if he knew of any current situations he would like us to handle. He then went on to saying that in the past when KFOR would try and handle local known situations, it would go up KFOR’s chain of command and then end up back in the lap of the KPS who he says now is also riddled with corruption…I looked at the U.N. website. The only enforcement they are doing is in the 3rd world areas of Asia. But I’ll find some means of fixing this place.