Investigator clears EU Kosovo mission of corruption cover-up
BRUSSELS (AP) — A European Union-appointed investigator has cleared the EU’s justice and police mission in Kosovo of conspiring to cover up allegations of corruption against one of its judges.
Investigator Jean-Paul Jaque’s report released Tuesday found that no member of the so-called EULEX mission working in Kosovo or in Brussels had tried to bury the bribery allegations.
The allegations tarnished the reputation of the 1,600-strong mission of judges, prosecutors and police sent to Kosovo in 2008 to help bolster its justice system after it declared independence from Serbia.
Former EULEX judge Francesco Florit was accused by a mission prosecutor of accepting a bribe to secure the release of Kosovo criminals when he served with the mission.
He has denied the allegations, which are still being investigated.