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Kosovo EU Mission Dismisses Charges Against Ex-Central Banker

December 15, 2011

Dec. 15 (Bloomberg) -- The European Union mission in Kosovo dismissed charges of corruption and abuse of office against former central bank Governor Hashim Rexhepi, who was arrested in July last year.

“Even though the former governor undertook some inappropriate action, his conduct was not linked to the exertion of any official power or authority,” the EU Rule of Law Mission in the capital Pristina said in an e-mailed statement today. Rexhepi was arrested in July 2010 and released from prison on bail in November.

Rexhepi was appointed to a five-year term in March 2008 and was replaced by his deputy Gani Gerguri after the arrest.

Kosovo, where 90 percent of the population is ethnic Albanian, wants to strengthen the rule of law more than three years after declaring independence from Serbia. The Balkan country led by Prime Minister Hashim Thaci wants to exert authority in the Serb-dominated north as it seeks to mend ties with its former ruler.

--With assistance from Bekim Greicevci in Pristina. Editors: Louis Meixler, Digby Lidstone.

To contact the reporter on this story: Boris Cerni in Ljubljana, Slovenia, at bcerni@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this James M. Gomez at jagomez@bloomberg.net


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