The group of suspected terrorists arrested near Pristina in July will go on trial charged with preparing terrorist acts – but not with attempting to poison the city’s water supply.
|Terror suspects on the lake case are escorted by the Kosovo police. Photo: BIRN|
Six men arrested in Kosovo at a reservoir near the capital in July will shortly go on trial in connection with terrorist acts.
However, initial allegations that the men intended to poison the water supply for the city of Pristina – claims that provoked a media frenzy in the country – do not feature in the prosecution’s indictment.
After an almost six-month investigations, special prosecutor Drita Hajdari said that no evidence of poison had been found.
“The only objective of the terrorist group [those arrested] was to read an oath [of allegiance] to the terrorist organization, ISIS,” it said.
Police on July 11 announced that they had arrested the suspected terrorists near lake Badovc, after finding them in possession of an ISIS flag and military uniforms.
The arrests prompted speculation that the men intended to poison the water supply to Pristina, which prompted the water company to stop the supply from the lake until analyses proved there was nothing wrong with the water.
As the hype in the local media on the matter persisted, the police placed the lake under a 24-hour watch.
While the prosecution has accused Besnik Latifi, Gazmend Haliti, Betim Ibërdemaj, Milazim Haxhiaj and Enis Latifi of preparing terrorist acts – the sixth suspect is charged with assisting their escape – the acts in question do not include poisoning.
The prosecution says that the five went by the lake to record a propaganda video which was to contain “their sworn allegiance to the leader of the terrorist organisation ISIS.
“To produce the video, the accused were equipped with a Kalashnikov, military uniforms, masks and an ISIS flag,” the indictment adds.
The sixth man, Fehmi Musam, is charged with helping the defendants escape from the scene in his taxi. Lake security personnel stopped the men before they were able to shoot the video.
The prosecution says the suspects wrote an oath in Arabic, proclaiming their total obedience to ISIS chief Abu Bakr al Baghdadi.
The trial of the suspects is to start on December 23 in Pristina.
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