Kosovan Court Rules To Extradite Sadiki to Slovakia
Albanian drug boss Badi Sadiki could be returning to Slovakia to face the 22-yr prison sentence handed down to him for heroin smuggling, as the court of first instance in Kosovo has ruled to accept the extradition request of Slovakia.
Slovakia made its request via EULEX, which is the EU mission for integration and development of Kosovo as Slovakia does not recognise Kosovo. The case is far from over, however, as SITA newswire reports that it will now go to the Supreme Court in Kosovo with the final endorsement to come from the Kosovan justice minister.
A separate court will decide tomorrow in separate proceedings whether or not to keep Sadiki in custody, while the Supreme Court won’t preside over the case until at least Wednesday.
Sadiki was caught by Interpol in October after ‘slipping’ Slovak authorities and going on the run. He was on trial together with three others on charges of producing and trading narcotics, and for smuggling 120 kg of heroin from Turkey to Slovakia. The other two men were given sentences of 15 years each after pleading guilty. An appeal was made against Sadiki’s 22-year sentence.