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13.1.2012

Press release Regarding yesterday`s arrests of Ministry of Health officials

13 January 2012 – Efforts and insisting to establish rule of law in every field of life and combating the negative phenomenon also dictate actions, which regardless of reasonableness to be enforced and obligation to make it public require maturity, working ethics and professionalism as well.

Yesterday`s arrests of the Ministry of Health officials and taking them from the Office handcuffed in the presence of TV cameras is kind of public lynching without hearing the word of justice.

Legally, no one is guilty until there is no final court verdict pronouncing a certain person guilty. The Kosovo citizens are witnessing the arrests and afterwards release of the arrested persons as not guilty.

In such circumstances, when from arrests occur media shows, the human dignity and working ethics are violated by the mechanisms which conduct the arrests, but also by media, which broadcast such images.

The Ombudsperson, Mr. Sami Kurteshi insists that the procedures for the cases in which there is reasonable doubt that a citizen has committed a crime must be completed and justice must be put in place. The Ombudsperson expresses his concern since such events occurred in Kosovo several times, although the Ombudsperson warned through the public and intern communications against such unlawful actions.
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