Pristina, 07 November 2016 – The recently appointed Chief Prosecutor of the newly created Specialist Prosecutor’s Office, Mr David Schwendiman, is visiting Pristina, where he is meeting with senior representatives of the Kosovo government and judicial authorities, as well as representatives of the international community.
Mr Schwendiman met today with Prime Minister Isa Mustafa, Minister of Justice Dhurata Hoxha, as well as Chief State Prosecutor Aleksander Lumezi. He will also meet with the Head of EULEX Kosovo, Ambassador Alexandra Papadopoulou, the Head of EU Office in Kosovo/EU Special Representative in Kosovo, Ambassador Nataliya Apostolova, the UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Dr Zahir Tanin, and other members of the diplomatic community.
The Specialist Prosecutor thanked his interlocutors for their continued support in establishing the Specialist Prosecutor’s Office, and reconfirmed their commitment to seeing this process through. He did not discuss any details related to the substance of the investigation.
Mr Schwendiman underlined his independence; something which is clearly part of the Law on the Specialist Chambers and the Specialist Prosecutor’s Office voted by the Kosovo Assembly in August 2015. Mr Schwendiman stressed that he will be guided in the discharge of his mandate only by the facts and the law, will do his work without fear or favour, and is committed to leading a process that is legitimate and perceived as legitimate by all those affected by the work of the prosecutor’s office.