September 28, 2006

KiM Info Newsletter 28-09-06


www.blic.co.yu Blic daily, Belgrade

Kosovo drug baron among terrorists

A source close to the UNMIK unit for organized crime said that Dobrosi was involved in breaking into, removing and burning criminal records from the Pec District Court in mid-2003 because this international police database contained documentation on criminal activity by mafia bosses from Kosovo, including one of its most influential members, Prince Dobroshi.

Blic daily, Belgrade
September 27, 2006

Pristina - A recently foiled terrorist attack in Oslo and a concrete terrorist threat in Prague that resulted in special forces with automatic weapons patrolling the streets since Saturday share a Kosovo connection through Kosovo Albanian drug lord Prince Dobroshi, according to the Norwegian and Czech media, reports Beta.

"Dobroshi had connections with one of the people we arrested in collection with an alleged plan to attack Jewish targets in Norway," Norwegian journalist Gunar Helgerten (sp?) told Czech daily "Mlada Fronta Dnes", citing sources in Norwegian intelligence services and police.

Prince Dobroshi was born in Pec on April 2, 1964 but according to police sources has not been in that city since 2001. He disappeared without a trace after the murder of the LDK leader in Kosovo, Tahir Zemaj, his son Enis and brother Hasan by the competing political faction.

A source close to the UNMIK unit for organized crime said that Dobrosi was involved in breaking into, removing and burning criminal records from the Pec District Court in mid-2003 because this international police database contained documentation on criminal activity by mafia bosses from Kosovo, including one of its most influential members, Prince Dobroshi.

Documentation regarding his ties with the extremist-terrorist group Dukadjini and drug dealers from Tetovo (FRY Macedonia) also disappeared.

"Evidence exists that Dobroshi had close connections with Daut Haradinaj, the brother of former Kosovo premier Ramush Haradinaj. Through him Dobroshi controlled drug smuggling on the route Kuks - Pec - Bar and vice-versa, says Blic's source, emphasizing that Dobroshi issued an order to assassinate Daut Haradinaj after his brother Ramush began to testify before the Hague tribunal. According to the same source, Interpol has complete documentation regarding Dobroshi's involvement in operations by extremists, members of criminal groups close to drug barons throughout Kosovo and Metohija with the goal of assuming control over smuggling drugs, white slaves and weapons.



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Kosovo Albanian drug-boss admits friendship with al Qaeda leader

September 28, 2006 -- A Kosovo Albanian drug-boss, Princ Dobrosi, says that he is a friend of a Pakistani-born al Qaeda leader Arfan Qaeder Bhatti who was recently arrested in Norway on charges of planning to terrorize Israeli and American embassies in Oslo, Norway.

Kosovo Albanian Princ Dobrosi, left, escorted by police in this 2000 file photo.
According to a Czech daily Mlada fronta Dnes, Bhatti has solicited operational help from a Kosovo Albanian drug-boss Princ Dobrosi in order to plan attacks on the Czhech capital, Prague.

"We got acquainted in the Ringerike prison in Norway a few years ago," Dobrosi admitted to the Czech daily Mlada fronta Dnes by phone from his home in Pec.

Dobrosi's drug empire was once based in Prague where he was arrested and subsequently escaped.

Dobrosi headed the strongest Kosovo Albanian drug mafia gang that was in control of the northern branch of the Balkan route headquartered in the Albanian dominated Serb province of Kosovo. Dobrosi's gang controlled the distribution of heroin and other drugs from Kosovo to Nordic countries via the Czech Republic.

Various Kosovo Albanian clans maintain distribution branches in other European cities. Dobrosi is the first of the ethnic Albanian drug bosses to admit direct links to al Qaeda.

Ethnic Albanians in Kosovo are predominantly Muslim.


http://www.serbianna.com/news/2006/02354.shtml

SERBIANNA (USA)

Kosovo Albanian implicated in Norway terror

September 27, 2006 -- One of the four suspects arrested in Norway on terrorism carges last week was in contact with Princ Dobrosi, a Kosovo Albanian mafia bos that formerly ran the largest European heroin empire from Prague.

Acording to the Norwegian daily Dagbladet, Dobrosi has established connections with one of the Oslo detainee, Pakistani Arfan Qadeer Bhatti, who headed a four member al-Qaeda group planning attacks on the Israeli and US embasies in Oslo.

"Dobrosi had contacts with one of the people who have been detained in Norway in connection with allegedly planned attacks on Jewish targets," Gunnar Hultgreen, reporter of the Norwegian daily Dagbladet, said citing his sources from the police and intelligence.

Arfan Qadeer Bhatti visited Dobrosi in Pristina, Kosovo, this summer. It is not clear what the reasons for the visit was but unconfirmed reports suggest that the two may have been plotting attacks on Jewish targets in Prague.

Jiri Komorous, head of the Czec anti drug squad, confirmed on Monday that Dobrosi recently spent several weeks in Prague but did not want to comment whether Dobrosi is tied with terrorists.

"We don't have information that he would continue pursuing drug busines," Komorous said.

Norwegian police has been pursuing Dobrosi since 1996 because he escaped from a local prison after bribing a ward who smuggled him out in a van with dirty linen. Fugitive Dobrosi underwent a plastic surgery in Croatia.


Oslo terrorist suspect tied with Albanian hostile to Czechs-press

Released : Tuesday, September 26, 2006 9:10 PM
http://calibre.mworld.com/m/m.w?lp=GetStory&id=218948171

Prague, Sept 26 (CTK) - The "Norwegian" trace that seems to have triggered unprecedented anti-terrorist measures in Prague this weekend probably involves a Prague contact of a suspected terrorist who was recently detained in Norway, the daily Mlada fronta Dnes (MfD) writes today. With the aid of Norwegian journalists, MfD has found out that one of the four men who were arrested in Norway on suspicion of terrorism last week was in contact with Princ Dobrosi, a controversial Kosovo Albanian formerly based in Prague who has unsettled accounts with the Czech Republic.

In the 1990s, Princ Dobrosi operated as a drug mafia boss on European level, focusing on Scandinavia. He managed his "empire" from Prague, where he was arrested in 1999 and extradited to Norway. The Norwegian police wanted him since 1996 when he escaped from a local prison after bribing a ward who smuggled him out in a van with dirty linen. Fugitive Dobrosi underwent a plastic surgery in Croatia. The Norwegian court sentenced Dobrosi to 14 years in prison in 1993 for heroin trafficking and the previous escape from prison. "Dobrosi had contacts with one of the people who have been detained in Norway in connection with allegedly planned attacks on Jewish targets," Gunnar Hultgreen, reporter of the Norwegian daily Dagbladet, has told MfD, citing his sources from the police and intelligence.

The Oslo detainee concerned is Arfan Qadeer Bhatti, a Pakistani with a Nowergian passport who headed the four-member group suspected of planning attacks on the Israeli and U.S. embassies in Oslo. Bhatti visited Dobrosi, who had been released from Norwegian prison for his good behaviour in 2005, in Pristina, Kosovo, this summer. It is not clear whether they discussed a possible attack on targets in Prague, MfD writes. Jiri Komorous, head of the Czech anti-drug squad, confirmed on Monday that Dobrosi spent several weeks in Prague, where his wife and two children still live, last year already.

The Norwegian secret service declined to say on Monday whether it had addressed a warning to the Czech Republic. Komorous did not want to comment either on wether Dobrosi is tied with terrorists. "We don't have information that he would continue pursuing drug business," Komorous told MfD. rtj/t/ms

Copyright 2006 CTK Czech News Agency. Source: Financial Times Information Limited.


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