The General Prosecutor of the Slovak Republic will file a criminal case against alleged Albanian mafia boss Baki Sadiki on charges of smuggling 120 kg of heroin, the spokeswoman of the Prosecutor’s Office Svetlana Močková said, according to the SITA newswire. The case is not associated with a 2008 drug case in which the prosecution of Sadiki was halted due to lack of evidence.
Sadiki, a Kosovar Albanian with a Slovak passport who is wanted internationally, is believed to be in hiding in Kosovo. In June, the Justice Ministry under the previous government filed an extradition request for Sadiki with Serbian authorities. Neither Serbia nor Slovakia recognises Kosovo’s independence, but Serbia has no de facto jurisdiction over most of Kosovo. The ministry could have given its request to EULEX, the European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo, but it argued that EULEX does not have the right to extradite a Kosovar citizen to a different country, only to detain him or her.
According to the prosecution, in the latest case Sadiki’s group is alleged to have smuggled six consignments, each containing of 20kg of heroin disguised in footwear imported from Turkey and heading for Poland, Switzerland, and Italy. In at least three of the cases, the drug is believed to have been stored temporarily in a boarding house in Starý Smokovec in the High Tatras, where the police seized 10kg of heroin on September 19, 2008. The drugs are believed to have been smuggled via the Balkan Route, and Sadiki was allegedly one of those managing the trade.
Sadiki is also known due to his allegedly friendly relations with former justice minister and current Supreme Court president Štefan Harabin. A relationship between the two was suggested by a recording of a telephone conversation from the 1990s, the transcript of which was published by Slovak newspapers. Harabin rejects all the allegations.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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5. Aug 2010 at 10:00