PTK chiefs cleared of corruption charges

1 Jul 2013

The former chief executive, board chairman and three other officials of Post and Telecommunications Kosovo (PTK) have been acquitted of corruption charges, Reuters reports. The European Union’s police and justice mission (EULEX) was quoted as saying ‘The court has acquitted all defendants because it was not proven that they had committed the criminal offences they were charged with.’ Chief executive Shyqyri Haxha and board chairman Rexhe Gjonbalaj had been accused of ‘entering into harmful contracts, abusing official position[s] and misuse of economic authorisations’ in June 2011. TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database notes that the charges came to light whilst the government was attempting to sell a majority stake in PTK – just two days after Deutsche Telekom subsidiary T-Hrvatski Telekom (T-HT) and Telekom Austria were shortlisted for the sale. The allegations of wrong-doing soured the process and the auction was cancelled in October that year.