Two Czech state attorneys help wipe out mafia in Kosovo (July 13)

Prague, July 12 (CTK) - Two Czech lawyers, Adam Basny, 35, and Petr Klement, 36, who help wipe out the mafia in Kosovo within the EULEX mission, told yesterday’s issue of daily Hospodarske noviny (HN) that they have got used to the danger they face in performing their duties.

State attorney Basny, an expert in fighting corruption, told the paper that the first thing he got when he arrived in Peje was a bulletproof vest, a gas mask and a kevlar helmet.

He has been on a year-long mission together with colleagues from other EU countries in western Kosovo since the beginning of the month, the paper writes.

“It was a challenge to fight crime in Kosovo,” Basny told HN.

Klement has been working in Kosovska Mitrovica since last October. Until then he was an international expert of the Czech Supreme State Attorney’s Office (NSZ) in Brno.

“Back at home I go to work by tram, here, in Kosovo, I use a service car and I always have to report it to the centre via a walkie-talkie. The state attorney’s office in Brno is not covered with barbed wire, runaway dogs are not running there and electricity is always available,” Klement told HN.

“I must think of how to transport Albanian witnesses to court in the north because it is dangerous for them to walk around streets alone,” he added.

HN writes that Klement and Basny’s work is adventurous because the EU mission aims to push through law in Kosovo, a country divided by disputes between Albanians and Serbs and from which drugs are smuggled to the whole of Europe, HN writes.

Klement has already successfully solved several cases.

“I now have some 20 to 30 cases on the table, I have won everything to date. I only had to appeal in one case,” Klement told HN.

He has dealt with murders, robberies, customs frauds as well as massive environmental pollution, HN writes.

Klement said his worst case ended only last month. “A brother shot dead his sister who went out with her boy friend in the evening without the family’s permission. The brother was responsible for her safety under common law. The daughter put the family to shame, therefore he together with other relatives attacked her in the night in a car on her way back home,” Klement said.

“The proceedings ended with an agreement on guilt and punishment, approved by court. I will never forget the father who was another victim of this absurd act. With tears in his eyes he deplored the judge for the mildest possible punishment for his son who killed his daughter,” Klement said.

Kosovo that declared independence after wars with Serbia only three years ago is haunted mainly by corruption and gangs, HN writes.

That is why, it says, the prosecutors who are dealing with these cases are often in danger.

“One gets used to it. I paradoxically felt the biggest fear in a case that was not that serious. It was a drug case in which the relatives of one of the perpetrators did not like me asking him such questions that resulted in his proving himself guilty,” Klement told HN.

He will return to the NSZ in Brno in the autumn.

Basny also has some cases on his table, but he said they cannot be talked about. “They are the heaviest crimes, organised crime in its heaviest forms,” he said.

Basny told HN he does not fear for his life, also because he received thorough EULEX training.

“If you were afraid of physical liquidation, you would go nowhere. If they decide to get me, they will do it,” he told HN, adding that he always has a walkie-talkie on him.

It’s interesting that the cases in Kosovo which international justice workers tend to find the most memorable and horrifying are…honor killings. Nothing Muslimy about that.