11 arrested for the cases of the 11-year-old, the suspects for her trafficking and rape in June were not caught until yesterday
The 11-year-old girl, who was allegedly raped by five people a week ago, was allegedly trafficked and raped by six other people in June, when she was reported missing. The police managed to arrest these people almost three months later, namely yesterday. In total, the number of those arrested for these two cases, where the minor is involved, has reached 11, writes Rhewal.
The Basic Prosecutor’s Office of Pristina and the Police of Kosovo issued a joint statement today, through which they announced that six people were arrested, who were allegedly involved in the case, where the 11-year-old girl who was allegedly raped by five people last Saturday (27.08.2022), he was reported as a missing person.
Their arrest comes almost three months after the minor was allegedly raped and trafficked by the same men.
According to the Prosecutor’s Office and the Police, they are suspected of committing the criminal offenses of “Trafficking in people”, “Sexual services of a victim of trafficking” and “Rape”.
Seven mobile phones were confiscated as material evidence.
“The six suspects (majors) are suspected of being involved in criminal activity, namely as suspects for committing the criminal offenses of “Trafficking in people”, “Sexual services of a victim of trafficking” and “Rape”, as well as, in based on the evidence and testimonies obtained so far from the conducted investigations, it is suspected that they are involved in the case of June, where the minor was reported as a missing person”, the joint communiqué states.
After the news about the arrest of the suspects, the Minister of Justice, Albulena Haxhiu, reacted.
She requested the resignation of the Chief Prosecutor of the Basic Prosecution in Pristina and the prosecutor of the case.
“Why was the Basic Prosecutor’s Office not acting in Pristina in June? Why weren’t the suspects arrested then? Why two months late? The least that should happen is the resignation of the chief prosecutor of the Basic Prosecution in Pristina and the prosecutor who was in charge of the case in June. Without resignations and dismissals of those who did not act on time and according to responsibility, unfortunately we may have other victims”, wrote Haxhiu.
The 11-year-old girl was allegedly raped last Saturday by five people, three of whom were minors. All five suspects are already in custody.
According to the file of the Basic Prosecutor’s Office of Prishtina, which Rhewal possesses, the violence started on Saturday in the park in the neighborhood “Arbëria” in Prishtina, to continue in another unknown location.
It describes shocking details about the case.
According to the prosecutor’s office, the defendant ER, 26 years old, committed sexual intercourse against the desire of the injured party, “in the way that the defendant was first called by his brother, a minor, then the defendant went with a “Pickup ” to the park in the neighborhood “Arbëria” in Prishtina and took his brother and the suspects Xh.S. and GJ, who are on the run, and the injured by car. Then on the way to the cemetery, the minor and Zh.S. got off, while the defendant together with GJ and the injured left by car, so that after a while ER stopped the car in an unknown place and committed sexual relations with the victim. Even though it’s been a few days since the victim is under 14 years old”, it is described in the request for his detention.
It is written there that from the minor’s statement given to the police on 28.08.2022, it results that “while the minor was in the park, three people approached her, where they started harassing her with words, where the victim continued to walk but no longer after one has even started to touch him”.
“Then, according to the victim, the same ones continued to follow him and one of them pulled him by a corner and both of them started to take off his clothes. The person in the white T-shirt grabbed her hands while the other woman had sex against her will. When the victim started to scream, they covered her mouth and the relationship took place on foot. The injured party stated that after one ended the relationship, the other one started” it is stated in the description of the case made by the prosecution. Then, according to her, a “pickup” vehicle arrived with two people sitting in the back and the victim in the front.
She stated that the driver of the car also had sex with her.
Otherwise, after the case of the 11-year-old, the General Director of the Kosovo Police, Samedin Mehmeti, has resigned. The Director of the Directorate for the Treatment of Prisoners and Minors, Ali Gashi, has also resigned, as one of the suspects for violence had been in prison seven times./Rhewal