The review of the Criminal Code and the Criminal Procedure Code, initiated by President Thaçi, has started

Prishtina, November 22 – The President of the Republic of Kosovo, Hashim Thaçi, has participated at the meeting of the Working Group, which has been established to review and amend the Criminal Code and the Criminal Procedure Code of the Republic of Kosovo.

In front of the members of the Working Group, President Thaçi emphasized that as early as taking up office as President of the Republic of Kosovo, he has requested amendment and supplementation to the Criminal Code and the Criminal Procedure Code.

“I requested this in order to review the criminal justice legislation with the purpose to fulfill the legal infrastructure in the field of criminal justice and eliminating gaps and legal deficiencies in this field”, he added.

The President has said that we are all witnesses of the global changes and risks the entire world is facing to which Kosovo is not immune.

According to him, such risks of global scale, such as terrorism and organized crime, require more powerful legal infrastructure in order to facilitate the work of the implementing institutions to combat these phenomena.

“As President of the Republic of Kosovo, on many occasions I have emphasized the priority that Kosovo has in the fight against organized crime and corruption”, he said.

The President has encouraged the Working Group to pay special attention to the provisions of the Criminal Code and the Criminal Procedure Code regarding to criminal offenses of organized crime and corruption.

In this case, he has urged for the necessary changes to be made in order that the implementing institutions to have more powerful competencies to combat crime, with the aim of strengthening the rule of law in Kosovo.

“I want to reiterate once again my commitment as President of the country to support every initiative coming from the institutions of the Republic of Kosovo to strengthen the legal framework, for combating crime in general, but organized crime and corruption in particular”, he said.

Thaçi has expressed the confidence that initiatives such as this amendment-supplementation of the criminal legislation, show that Kosovo is very serious and determined to fight crime and to strengthen the rule of law.

“As President of the country, I request that work should be done towards strengthening the modern codes that respect the human rights and that suit our judicial system by addressing the specifics of our country”, he said.

Since the beginning of his mandate as President of the Republic of Kosovo, Thaçi has requested the review of the Criminal Code and the Criminal Procedure Code.