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Kosovo intelligence agency chief resigns

November 7, 2019

The head of the Kosovo Intelligence Agency (KIA) Shpend Maxhuni resigned from that post, the KoSSev news portal reported on Wednesday.

KoSSev said that the resignation was confirmed by outgoing Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj in a Facebook post. “I accepted the resignation of KIA Director Shpend Maxhuni,” Haradinaj wrote, recalling that he decorated the former intelligence chief for loyalty to his homeland. He added that Maxhinu played a special role in the efforts of his government to reinforce the rule of law. “The KIA is now one of the most professional and most reliable institutions in the country,” Haradinaj wrote.  

Maxhuni was Director of the Kosovo Police for several years before being appointed to head the KIA in March 2018.  

The Vetevendosje movement (which won the recent parliamentary elections) demanded Maxhuni’s resignation after illegal weapons and a small amount of a suspected narcotic were found in his son’s car. Vetevendosje and its leader Albin Kurti also blamed him for the illegal deportation of six Turkish opponents of President Recep Tayip Erdogan and claimed he was under the control of Kosovo President Hashim Thaci.

Source:  http://rs.n1info.com/English/NEWS/a541597/Kosovo-intelligence-agency-chief-resigns.html

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