Kosovo Energy ex-CEO cleared of corruption charges

by Reuters
Monday, 20 May 2019 12:11 GMT

PRISTINA, May 20 (Reuters) - The former chief executive of state-owned Kosovo Energy Corporation (KEK), Arben Gjukaj, was cleared of corruption charges on Monday, four years after a European Union prosecutor filed an indictment.

Gjukaj and six other men were accused of fraud, falsifying documents, abusing their official positions and entering into harmful contracts.

The case related to a contract worth 6.2 million euros awarded to a security company.

On Monday a court in Pristina found Gjukaj and six others not guilty, a court spokesperson said.

"It was proven that I did nothing wrong," Gjukaj, who had held his position at KEK until his contract expired at the end of last year, told Reuters by telephone.

The indictment was filed by a prosecutor that was part of the European Union police and justice mission. That mission arrived in Kosovo in 2008 when Kosovo declared independence to help the new country fight high-level cases of organised crime, corruption and war crimes.

The mission left in June 2018 and all cases were transferred to the local courts. (Reporting by Fatos Bytyci; editing by Jason Neely)

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