“Kosovo authorities have indicted 11 people from President Hashim Thaci’s ruling Democratic Party of Kosovo (PDK) for allegedly handing out state jobs to people based on their political affiliation.

‘The indictment has to do with the criminal activities of hiring, sharing official positions based on party affiliations and friendly connections,; a special prosecutor’s office said in a statement on April 6.

The accused “worked in co-perpetration…granting unlawful privileges and advantages” to people seeking posts in government agencies and public firms, it said.

The case is based on wiretaps made in 2011 during an anticorruption operation by the European Union police and justice mission (EULEX), set up after Kosovo’s 1998-99 independence war to foster rule of law in the former Serbian province.” (RFE/RL)

Uğur Toksoy, a Turkish national allegedly affiliated with the Gülen movement, was granted asylum in Kosovo after escaping an attempted abduction by Turkey’s National Intelligence Organisation (MİT) in Kosovo.

Toksoy, a Turkish teacher at the Gülen-affiliated Hasan Nahi school in Prizren and head of the Atmosfera Association in Kosovo, is reportedly being sought by the Turkish government over his alleged links to the Gülen movement. Facing the risk of extradition by the Kosovar government, Toksoy reportedly submitted an asylum request on November 3, 2017 and was granted it on March 28, almost a week after six Turkish nationals were abducted by MİT agents in Kosovo and removed to Turkey on March 29.” (Stockholm Center for Freedom)

Clement Tinaj is a 28-year-old Albanian-American living in Los Angeles, who has entered California’s governorship as a Democrat candidate. He has played in several Hollywood movies and is a small business owner. In an interview with our colleague Ilir Ikonomi, Mr. Tinaj says he is confident that he will succeed in this race as the age is simply a number. Elections within the Democratic Party are held on 5 June, while elections for the governor on 6 November this year.

Voice of America: Mr. Tinaj, you are competing in a tough race, in which there are many candidates, in a big state like California – How do you see your chances of succeeding and winning in these elections?

Clement Tinaj: As you said, California is indeed a great state – it has the sixth largest economy in the world, a developed agriculture, and is the home of the film industry and social media. I am the youngest candidate in the race and I fight for people in the workgroup because I believe that other candidates are controlled by special interest groups, trade unions and banks. I do not expect any help from anyone and I fund the campaign itself. I bring confidence and hope to the workforce in this competition, inspire young people, and serve as the voice of those who have no voice.” (Full Interview Available at Voice of America )