Vetevendosje MP, Albin Kurti, did not show up at today’s hearing at the Basic Court of Pristina despite the summons. Kurti is facing charges of throwing teargas in the Assembly chamber in December 2015. The panel of judges decided to postpone the hearing warning that next time he will be brought to the court by the police.
Kurti and three other Vetevendosje MPs are charged for releasing teargas in Assembly chamber in December 2015, disrupting a plenary session, in their effort to stop ratification of the controversial Agreement on border demarcation with Montenegro and establishment of the Association of Serb-majority Municipalities.
The opposition MPs of Vetevendosje disrupted plenary sessions multiple times in 2015 and 2016 in order to prevent the ruling coalition from ratification of the agreement on border demarcation which they believe is harmful to the country’s interest.
According to Vetevendosje, Kosovo will lose more than 8000 hectares of land with this deal.
During Tuesday’s hearing the presiding judge of this case, Beqir Kalludra, has decided to adjourn the session and scheduled the next session on 22 November. He said that on 22 November Kurti and the other Vetevendosje MP Donika Kadaj-Bujupi who also failed to show up at today’s hearing will be brought to the court by the police.
Kurti did not show up at today’s session despite the warrant issued by the court against him and Kadaj-Bujupi for not respecting the Court’s summons in the previous session.
The other two defendants of this case, Vetevendosje MPs Albulena Haxhiu and Faton Topalli, were present at the courtroom.
During today’s session were invited as witnesses MPs of the ruling coalition PDK-AAK-Nisma (PAN), Blerta Deliu, Flora Brovina, Bekim Haxhiu, who are also the injured party in this trial.
The Prosecutor of the case revealed that Deliu, Brovina and Haxhiu, had suffered light bodily injuries from the teargas released by their colleagues of Vetevendosje.
Kosovo held early parliamentary elections in June 2017 and Kurti was the Vetevendosje candidate for prime minister and received the most votes for MP in Kosovo. His party has been ranked as second most voted party.