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Mafiosi sentenced for smuggling of migrants

(B2) After four days of deliberation, the Prizren Magistrate's Court, composed of a mixed jury of European judges from Eulex and Kosovar judges, delivered its verdict against Adrian Bytyqi on Thursday (October 31). Arrested in April 2012 after an extensive investigation carried out jointly by the Eulex police and Kosovar law enforcement, he was found guilty of smuggling migrants and sentenced to three years' imprisonment. The smuggler illegally led migrants, mostly of Turkish origin, from Kosovo to the gates of Europe, to Croatia and Slovenia. Once there, they left for their final destination: Italy, Hungary, Austria, Germany and other Western European countries. “The accused was convicted on the basis of a “plea” agreement, the Eulex mission was told. Followed by the Special Prosecutor's Office of Kosovo (SPRK), the indictment was filed on April 16, 2013. This is not the first time that such a sentence has been handed down in Kosovo. In 2011, human traffickers had already been sentenced by the Court of Pristina to sentences ranging from 17 to 19 years of imprisonment.

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