This is a “mayor” in Kosovo. Thanks to Liz for circulating this item:

Media: Former Mayor of Kacanik’s Plan to Assassinate EULEX Prosecutors and Judge

A former president of the Kacanik municipality Xhabir Zharku planned to assassinate two EULEX prosecutors and one judge, Pristina-based press writes on Tuesday.

Zharku paid EUR 20,000 to set a bomb under the English prosecutor Maria Bamieh’s car, Koha ditore states.

Bamieh had in 2011 raised charges against Zharku for extortion; Zharku was sentenced to 3.5 years in prison on the basis of this indictment, and is due to serve the sentence.

Zharku’s intention to assassinate EULEX officials was disclosed by a witness in the proceedings of a case of a planted bomb in a café in Pristina in 2007, when two people had been killed and 11 people injured. link

The witness, whose identity is not stated, said that Zharku had paid a person EUR 20,000 to plant a bomb in the prosecutor Bamieh’s vehicle, and that he had also planned a murder of the prosecutor Mauricio Salustro and the president of the Assembly of the EULEX Judges.

Zharku is a senior official of the governing Democratic Party of Kosovo (PDK) led by Hashim thaci, and had for years been a president of Kacanik municipality, at the far south of Kosovo.

Here is an item from last year on the charges, from Balkan Insight, via BalkanBlog.com:

Kosovo Mayor Jailed For Extortion


Xhabir Zharku

The mayor of Kosovo’s southern municipality of Kacanik, an influential figure in the governing Democratic Party of Kosovo, PDK, has been jailed for three years for extortion and illegal possession of weapons.

By Lawrence Marzouk

Xhabir Zharku was found guilty of the crimes, along with three other defendants, at Pristina’s district court on Thursday.

In July 2006, Zharku, alongside Arsim Kolshi, Besnik Hasani and Nusret Cena, threatened to kill the winner in the auction of a publicly owned sheep farm unless he withdrew his bid.

The threatened man did so, allowing the second highest bidder, Kolshi, to buy the 30 hectares of land.

When police searched Zharku’s property, they found two automatic weapons, made in Iran, as well as explosives and a mortar.

Zharku, who was also mayor at the time of the offences, has been handed three years of imprisonment on the charge of extortion and given a fine of 1500 Euro on the charge of unlawful possession of weapons.

Kolshi was sentenced to three years prison for extortion and given a fine of 1500 Euro for the unlawful possession of weapons.

Besnik Hasani was sentenced to one year and two months prison and Nusret Cena was sentenced to one year and two months prison.

The prosecution was represented by an EULEX prosecutor from Kosovo’s Special Prosecution Office, SPRK.