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EU indicts suspected corrupt Kosovo politician

February 19, 2014

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — The European Union police and justice mission in Kosovo says top politician Fatmir Limaj and four of his associates have been indicted for allegedly embezzling over $1.2 million through organized crime and bribery.

An international prosecutor said the allegations are linked to road building tenders during the period Limaj was transport minister. Wednesday’s indictment is the second against Limaj linked to his time as a cabinet member between 2008 and 2012.

Once a close associate of Prime Minister Hashim Thaci, Limaj was previously cleared of war crimes by a United Nations tribunal and the EU justice mission. The mission that helps Kosovo deal with war crimes and organized crime cases alleges that part of the suspected embezzlement money was used to cover legal expenses for the war crimes case.

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