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EU Mission Claims Kosovo MP Facilitated Land Scam


Azem Syla, an MP from the ruling party in Kosovo, facilitated an alleged land scam that cost the state 30 million Euros, chief EULEX investigator said in an interview for BIRN.

“Small number of people we had to arrest as we believe they facilitated the land being stolen. One of those people is Azem Syla,” Alan Edwards, EULEX Chief of Organised Crime Investigation Unit told BIRN TV show Justice in Kosovo.

Azem Syla, a prominent legislator of the governing Democratic Party of Kosovo, charged on Wednesday in an investigation into an alleged land scam, surrendered to the EU law mission, EULEX, and to Kosovo police on Friday morning.

Police in Kosovo arrested six people on Wednesday in an investigation into an alleged land scam that cost the state 30 million euros, depriving several families of their property as well.

Syla, a former commander of the Kosovo Liberation Army, the KLA, assured police that he would cooperate with the authorities and face his “unfounded” charges.

These centre on the alleged misuse of public property, organised crime, money laundering, forging of official documents, corruption and fraud.

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