The Prešov District Court announced three sentences on June 13 in the trial of three men accused of illegal production, possession, and trading of narcotics, specifically smuggling heroin from Turkey to Slovakia hidden in imported beach slippers, the Sme daily reported.
The head of the group, Baki Sadiki, was sentenced, in absentia, to 22 years in a maximum security prison, the SITA newswire wrote. Sadiki is presumably hiding in Kosovo.
His accomplices, Juraj J. and Ján C., who both pleaded guilty, were sentenced to 15 years in a medium security prison because they had cooperated with the police. The lawyers for Sadiki and Juraj J. both filed appeals against the sentence while a decision had not been made regarding the third convicted man.
According to past information, Sadiki had been in contact with the Chairman of Supreme Court (and former Justice Minister) Štefan Harabin in past years, the Sme daily wrote.
Source: Sme, SITA
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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14. Jun 2011 at 10:00