The trial known as the “Bllaca II” case continues in Prishtina District Court. The
defendants in this case are Fahredin Gashi – who has already been sentenced to 18
years' imprisonment in the “Bllaca I” case – Shpresim Uka, Sadik Abazi, Driton
Hajdari, Bekim Syla and Shaban Syla. They are charged with the murder of Ibush
Kllokoqi, and the attempted murder of Adem Salihaj and Ismet Arifi.
After hearing from the collaborating witness Nazim Bllaca, the trial panel invited Gani
Geci – a former member of the Kosovo Assembly, Nazim Bllaca's family members,
and the former Head of the Kosovo Information Service (SHIK), Vesel Latifi, to the
Gani Geci testified on June 6, although the respective hearing was foreseen to occur a
day earlier. Its postponement was announced by an EULEX legal officer, who failed to
provide a reason. It was Gani Geci who made Nazim Bllaca's CD public while he was
a member of the Assembly. On this CD, Bllaca admitted the crimes committed by him
and his group, who are now the defendants in this case.
Geci clarified how he came into contact with Nazim Bllaca and how they travelled
together to Ferizaj to meet Adem Salihaj. He further claimed that Salihaj recorded
Nazim Bllaca's statement.
Geci claimed that, before he published the aforementioned CD, he had sent a copy to
Prime Minister Hashim Thaçi, and only decided to release the CD after seeing that no-
one had done anything to address the matter.
This hearing was subject to a number of irregularities, as Gani Geci and one of
the defendants, Shaban Syla, insulted each other in the presence of the trial panel,
prosecutor and police officers. For this, Geci was verbally cautioned by the presiding
In the following hearings, Bllaca family members took to the stand, responding to the
prosecutor's summon, in order to explain Bllaca's relations with the defendants. Osman
Bllaca, Nazim Bllaca's brother, testified to the trial panel on how he served drinks to
some of the defendants when they had come to Nazim Bllaca's house to look for him.
This witness explained how he had received a verbal message from Fahredin Gashi,
relayed to him by his father, Azem Bllaca, about Nazim Bllaca's statement about Gashi.
He also explained how Bllaca had suffered a stroke and had been treated by Fatmir
Osman Bllaca also provided an answer about a photograph exhibited as evidence by the
court, in which he poses with a Skorpion sub-machine gun. He said that he had made
the picture when he was just 16 years old, and that he had taken the gun from Nazim
After Nazim Bllaca's brother, the witness stand was taken by his father – Idriz Bllaca,
who testified to the trial panel about the threats he and his family suffered. This witness
was contradictory in his testimony, as he initially said that he has no knowledge
of whether Nazim Bllaca was ever out of the country. He was then presented with
statements he had given to the police, as the two statements differed significantly.
Idriz Bllaca testified about how Hyzri Rama was promised 100,000 euro for
execution of his son Nazim, and how he received 4,000 euro and a promise for
remainder after the murder was committed. The witness said he is not aware of
son's absence from home for two years, this statement being in contradiction to
statements of his two sons in previous hearings.
The other witness, Metush Jusufi, spoke on the circumstances under which Fahredin
Gashi and Sadik Abazi had asked him to influence the Bllaca family to spread the idea
that Nazim Bllaca was insane in return for money. He had refused this offer.
The former chief of SHIK, Kadri Veseli, also appeared in the courtroom to testify
about SHIK and its organisational structure. He told the trial panel that neither Nazim
Bllaca nor the six other defendants were ever part of SHIK. He said that he knows the
damaged parties Adem Salihaj and Ismet Arifi only as names, but that he had wanted
to meet Ibush Kllokoqi but had not managed to arrange this. Veseli had wanted to meet
Kllokoqi as he was in possession of large quantities of information about the Serbian
secret services, which he could use for his organisation's operations.
Veseli said that a SHIK agent held meetings with Adem Salihaj, and he submitted to the
presiding judge the agent's name in writing, claiming that otherwise such information
might be misused.
The witness was further asked about SHIK's activities and internal organisation
under his leadership. The witness did not elaborate on how he was elected as head
of SHIK, but explained that the legal basis for the organisation's existence was the
Rambouillet Accord, which stipulated the establishment of a secret service for the
He told the court that prior to becoming SHIK's chief, he had headed the surveillance
and counter-surveillance service for the Kosovo Liberation Army. SHIK was
commissioned in March 1999, and until 2000 its tasks and funds were designated by the
According to the witness, the average salary in the service's initial stages was 150
euro, and prior to its closure reached 200 euro; however, he did not say what his
remuneration had been.
Veseli said that the service had initially employed 30 members, rising to 92 by the time
it was decommissioned. He also claimed that the main criterion for enrolment had been
a clean national record, and that he had personally met all members of the service.
He handed over to the trial panel a SHIK organisational structure chart, which the panel later asked whether to make public.
This chart revealed that Kadri Veseli was the head of the Kosovo Information Service, with Ilmi Reqica as his deputy. Latif Gashi, currently a PDK member in the Kosovo Assembly, was the Director-General, with his party colleague Fatmir Xhelili heading the Directorate against Organised Crime. Another PDK member in the Kosovo Assembly, Fadil Demaku, headed the Anti-Terrorism Directorate; current Trepça Director, Ferat Shala, headed the Intelligence Directorate; and Ilmi Ramadani headed the Information and Analysis Department.
Further, Veseli testified to the trial panel that the prosecution witness Nazim Bllaca was not part of SHIK and has never performed any service on behalf of SHIK. The witness said that he did not use the nickname Bllaca claims, and that SHIK had caught Bllaca misusing SHIK's name and denounced this to UNMIK.
The witness further claimed that the other self-declared SHIK member, Naim Miftari, had never actually been a SHIK member, but, according to the information SHIK obtained from other foreign services, had actually been a manipulator in the petroleum market.
The next round of hearings in the “Bllaca II” case will be held in July.http://www.drejtesianekosove.com/en/Bulletin-20/Bllaca's-family-members-and-Kadri-Veseli-give-their-testimonies-1238 No “Freedom Fighters”, Just Criminals and Thugs
On the preceding pages, the latest Drugs & Crime UN report offers a rarely
................................No, it has nothing to do with “freedom”, “independence” or “self-determination”, it is all about illicit trade, crime without punishment, lawlessness, thuggery and insatiable greed.
Criminals, Terrorists or Politicians? In Kosovo-Metohija, all Three.
Excerpt from the UN Office on Drugs and Crime report for March 2008
[pg 52] According to an Interpol statement made before the U.S. Congress in 2000:http://www.unodc.org/documents/data-and-analysis/Balkan_study.pdf
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