Kosovo: 1 month detention for suspected drug boss

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — The European Union law mission in Kosovo says it has ordered a suspected Balkan drug boss to be detained for one month while it gathers evidence in a suspected organized crime case.

Naser Kelmendi is suspected of directing a criminal network stretching from Turkey into Western Europe.

The EULEX mission said Thursday that Kelmendi is being investigated for “the same offences he has been accused of in Bosnia.” Authorities in Bosnia want Kelmendi as part of an investigation into criminals linked to at least six murders, illegal money transfers and drug trafficking.

Kosovo, however, cannot extradite Kelmendi to face charges in Bosnia because Bosnia does not recognize Kosovo’s 2008 secession from Serbia.

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