The Basic Court of Pristina has extended the detention sentence of Kosovo member of Parliament Milaim Zeka for one more month.
Milaim Zeka, a member of parliament from the ruling coalition was arrested in October by the Kosovo Police for alleged involvement in a visa scam. The news on extension of house detention has been confirmed by his lawyer, Gazmend Halilaj, who said that the Court's decision is a violation, when referring to applicable laws.
“The Court has decided to extend the house detention order of my client for another 30 days, but this is in violation with the laws,” Halilaj said.
The journalist turned politician is suspected of being part of an organised group over an alleged scam concerning German visas.
His arrest came after investigative online media outlet Insajderi published a series of articles concerning Zeka's alleged involvement in a visa scam. According to Insajderi, Zeka registered a business promising Kosovo citizens German visas in exchange for money.
Insajderi revealed through their reports that 920 Kosovo citizens tried their luck to obtain a working visa in Germany through this employment agency established by Milaim Zeka and his business partner, Ilir Krasniqi.
According to Insajderi applicants, they paid fees ranging from 50 to 3,000 euros each for a working visa. Zeka’s partner, Ilir Krasniqi, was arrested a few weeks ago and is being kept in detention on remand.