Supreme Court confirms life sentence for former police officer who killed a person in a casino in Suhareka – Latest News
The Supreme Court today confirmed the sentence of life imprisonment for the former police officer, Shefki Spahiu, who last year was sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of Jetmir Aliaj in a casino in Suhareka.
The College of the Supreme Court, in the criminal case of the accused Sh.S. from Suharek for the criminal offense of “aggravated murder” and the criminal offense of “manipulation of evidence”, deciding on the appeal of the defense counsel of the accused filed against the judgment of the Basic Court in Prizren, and the judgment of the Court of Appeals of Kosovo, at the session of the panel held on 20 May 2021, by a majority of votes, partially approved the appeal of the defense counsel of the accused Sh.S., only as regards the legal qualification of the criminal offense of “aggravated murder”, for which the accused has been found guilty, so that in the actions of the accused this court finds that the elements of the criminal offense of aggravated murder are met
In the rest the judgment remains unchanged.
Defendant Sh.S., his defense counsel, lawyer EK, representative of the injured party lawyer AR, injured party HA, and AA State Prosecutor did not participate in the public session of the panel, held on May 20. at this hearing, but with a submission, proposed that the appeal of the defense counsel of the accused be rejected as unfounded, while the judgments be upheld.
The Panel of the Supreme Court, through Judgment PA.II.nr.3 / 2021, assessed the aggravating circumstances, which have taken into account the lower courts, but specifically emphasized the following circumstances; that the criminal offense was committed with a high degree of intent, the accused was a member of the Kosovo Police and that the offense was committed with an official weapon, a circumstance which is assessed as particularly aggravating by the fact that the position of the accused has caused consequences not only to the victim, but also to the trust in security institutions and citizens in general, then the circumstances under which the offense was committed without any motive, the victim was a vulnerable person and did not have the opportunity to defend himself, his behavior after the offense “, attempting to conceal the crime and destroy the evidence, the fact that the victim was young, married and a parent of minor children”, it is said in the notification of the Supreme Court
Therefore, “in the above-mentioned circumstances and in the absence of mitigating circumstances”, the Panel of the Supreme Court has assessed that “it will not be able to justify the imposition of a more lenient sentence than the one imposed by the court of first instance”. / Voice