A COURT in Gnjilane, Kosovo, did not rule on the extradition of drug baron Baki Sadiki to Slovakia on November 26 as originally expected, and postponed the case until December 3, the internet news portal Tvnoviny.sk reported.
The judge dealing with the case reportedly failed to study all the court rulings concerning Baki Sadiki issued in Slovakia and thus postponed the verdict by one week, the portal wrote.
Sadiki was arrested as part of an Interpol operation called Infrared on October 25 by UN forces in Kosovo.
He was convicted in absentia in Slovakia and sentenced to 22 years in prison for producing and trafficking illegal drugs, namely securing the import and distribution of heroin from Turkey in 2007-2008. The ruling of the Prešov court has been effective since September 2011.
The Foreign Ministry sent a request for his extradition on November 9 to the Contact Office of the Slovak Republic in Pristina, which subsequently forwarded it to the EU mission in Kosovo EULEX, which then sent it to the administration in Pristina. The procedure was complicated by the fact that Slovakia does not officially recognise Kosovo, and therefore is bound to communicate with the local authorities through EULEX, TASR wrote.
The Foreign Ministry did not comment on the decision of the court to postpone the ruling on the extradition, and neither did the Justice Ministry.