“Kosovo Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj has sacked two top security officials for failing to tell him about the arrest and deportation of six Turks.
Turkey says the six support Fethullah Gulen, the US-based cleric blamed by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for a plot to oust him in 2016.
Mr Haradinaj and Mr Erdogan have both said the six were sent back on Thursday.
It is reported to be Europe’s first deportation of ‘Gulenists’ to Turkey.
Several hundred such suspects have been sent back to Turkey previously from outside Europe, from countries such as Sudan, Pakistan and Afghanistan, the Turkish daily Hurriyet reports.
Most of Kosovo’s population is ethnic Albanian and Muslim.
Since breaking away from Serbia in 1999, Kosovo has forged close ties with Turkey, getting much-needed economic assistance. Turkish firms run the airport and electricity network.
Mr Haradinaj sacked Kosovo Interior Minister Flamur Sefaj and intelligence agency chief Driton Gashi.” (BBC News)
“Turkish autocratic President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan criticised Kosovo Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj on Saturday since he dismissed the country’s interior minister and intelligence chief on Friday over their active role in illegal abductions of 6 Turkish nationals. According to a report by online news outlet Gerçek Gündem, Erdoğan also openly threatened him by saying that ‘You will pay the price for this.’
Speaking at the local congress of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) in Pendik district of İstanbul, Erdoğan stated that ‘You saw, our National Intelligence Organisation (MİT) has packed 6 of these traitors in Kosovo and brought. Kosovo’s Prime Minister dismissed the interior minister and the person in charge of intelligence. Now, I am asking: You, the Prime Minister of Kosovo, with whose instructions did you do such a thing? Since when you are protecting those who attempted to make a coup in Turkey? You will pay the price for this. Politics cannot be done with remote control.’
Asking Haradinaj if he was aware that Turkey was the second country to recognize the independence of Kosovo, Erdoğan said: ‘You will pay for harboring those people who tried to perpetrate a coup against Turkey.’ Erdoğan also said he was sure that Kosovars would hold Prime Minister Haradinaj accountable.
Meanwhile, Kosovo authorities have launched an investigation into the abduction and extradition of six Turkish nationals, which activists said represented a violation of human rights, Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj said on Saturday.” (Stockholm Center for Freedom)
“A big crowd angered by new charges on the main artery linking 7Albania to Kosovo pelted police with stones and set the toll booths on fire on Saturday, television images showed.
Thousands of residents of the northern town of Kukes had converged on the area to demand the scrapping of the tolls. The government said on Thursday that lower charges would be set for frequent users.
‘This is theft,’ an angry protester told reporters.
‘This tax damages all the Albanians in Kukes and Dardania (Kosovo),’ opponents said of the fees, ranging from 2.5 euros for a motorcycle to 22.5 euros ($27.72) for heavy trucks.” (Reuters)