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Kosovo gives Denmark 300 cells in use, energy crisis in the country and the verdict in the case of a minor in Drenas – top news of the week

The same week that we are leaving behind, the country has faced severe reductions in electricity, while an energy crisis has been announced for the next two weeks.

On Thursday, the Basic Court in Pristina announced the verdict against the accused in the case of a minor in Drenas.

Kosovo gives Denmark 300 prison cells for use

A letter of intent was signed at the premises of the Government of Kosovo on Monday, December 20, according to which, 300 Kosovo prison cells will be given for use to the state of Denmark.

Present at the ceremony were representatives from the Kingdom of Denmark, the Minister of Justice Albulena Haxhiu and the Minister of Economy, Artane Rizvanolli.

Minister Haxhiu said that Kosovo has been evaluated in terms of rule of law and according to her for this reason has been selected.

“300 prisoners will be placed in the correctional center in a period of 5 + 5”, declared Haxhiu in February, who announced that the more detailed details will be given later.

He mentioned the lack of space in Danish prisons, thanking Kosovo for the possibility of relocating prisoners.

“Once we sign a letter of intent, we see it as a cornerstone for future agreements. It is an agreement that will benefit both parties. Denmark’s correctional service is overloaded. We contacted the Kosovo government a year ago. “This agreement will resolve a large part of what we face in our country,” Hakkerup said.

The Correctional Center is located in the village of Pasjak, near the city of Gjilan.

The agreement is for prisoners sentenced to 10 years in prison in Denmark, which does not include acts of terrorism and people with mental health problems.

After the signing, the agreement is expected to be ratified by the Assembly of Kosovo, as well as all international agreements.

This project aims to ease prison overcrowding in Denmark and enable prisons there to expand by 326 places between 2022 and 2025.

Meanwhile, the Minister of Justice, Albulena Haxhiu, while reporting to the Committee on Legislation, has announced that the annual cost for 300 prisoners from Denmark will be around 5 million euros.

“Somewhere around 5 million euros is the annual cost,” she said. The Minister further said that among the reasons why Denmark has chosen Kosovo is that they have analyzed international and local reports about the training of prisoners and Kosovo in the Western Balkans stands best in this regard.

She also announced how to proceed in cases where prisoners serve their sentences.

“Six months ago we were notified and prepared for shipment to Denmark, and then to the country of origin,” she said.

She said that in her first term during the Kurti 1 Government, there was an invitation from the Danish minister to communicate this issue.

“After the government was overthrown, we did not hold any more meetings, due to the circumstances,” she said.

Haxhiu also said that after the Kurti 1 government, the next government led by Avdullah Hoti, has been involved in discussions for the rental of accommodation facilities for 300 prisoners in the state of Denmark.

However, as it is known, the agreement did not happen, while Haxhiu said that in its current mandate, it was informed about all the following procedures and in the end the agreement was finalized by fulfilling the necessary principles from both countries.

“After the preparation of the negotiations, we came to a letter – a goal that we agreed to strengthen cooperation with Denmark due to the role of Denmark in Kosovo and we agreed that because there is a need to help in this regard, through a use of a center, we agreed to offer the center in Gjilan “, said Haxhiu.

The Minister of Justice announced that Kosovo has the right to reject a prisoner when it is considered that he is convicted of a criminal offense that is more sensitive and the Criminal Code of Kosovo provides for maximum sentences.

Haxhiu further stressed that the director of the Center will be Danish, as well as the management staff, while the correctional officers will be from Kosovo.

Meanwhile, regarding whether the language can be a problem, Minister Haxhiu said that they will see the opportunities through the recruitment of staff who know English or any other language, or through translators.

Also while reporting to the Assembly, Haxhiu said that prisoners who will come from Denmark to serve their sentences in Gjilan prison will not be Danish citizens but third country nationals.

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