The Court Forgets the Arrest Warrant

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On April 13, 2014, Justice in Kosovo aired a case of the court in Prishtina they forgot to issue an arrest warrant on an emergent case.

In 2012, Hakif Baraliu was wounded in Prishtina. His suspected assailant has escaped from the police.
Baraliu was shot five times and fortunately, all five bullets missed vital areas.

The suspected person was never processed by the court even though the prosecution asked for arrest warrant as an emergent case.

For 17 months the police couldn’t arrest the alleged shooter because the court did not issue an arrest warrant as requested by the prosecutor.
Baraliu has asked for accountability from the institution.The suspect in this case is Baraliu’s son.

The prosecutor, Idaim Ismajli, who in 2012 recommended the arrest warrant declined to talk on camera. He released a written statement where he admitted he didn’t know if the court accepted his recommendation for an arrest warrant.

Abdurrahim Islami, another prosecutor on the case, said that he accepted the suspect was free for 17 months because of the lack of arrest warrant. He added that when they took control of the case, they realized the arrest warrant from the court was missing.

Regarding this, Islami asked for explanations from the court. and made a request for an arrest warrant.

“Immediately an arrest warrant was released which proves that it was never released before,” said Islami.
The head of the court, Hamdi Ibrahimi, confirmed through email that the court had already released the arrest warrant without explaining why it was not released on time.

The second subject of this program is the wage gap between judges and prosecutors.

The prosecutors in Kosovo are paid 138 euros more than the judges based on an order of the Prosecution Council of Kosovo.
This difference in salaries has caused dissatisfaction among judges, who have called for an increase in their pay. The prosecutors refused to comment.

Gezim Baxhaku, the adviser on the Ministry of Finance, said that the salaries of judges and prosecutors are defined in decisive way.

He also explained that, according the law of Courts and the law for State Prosecution, the head of the Prosecution and the head of Supreme Court have salaries equal to the prime minister’s, while according to him the state prosecutors and the judges of the Supreme Court havel salaries equal to the ministers.

The judges still hope for their salaries will increase.