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Court Acquits PTK Management over Corruption Allegations

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The former CEO and the Chairman of the Post and Telecommunications Kosovo (PTK) have been acquitted of corruption charges. Also acquitted were three other officials at the company.

The corruption allegations emerged in late 2011 and scuppered an attempt by the government to privatise the phone company. Croatia's T-Hrvatski Telekom and Austria Telecom had been shortlisted for the tender for a 75% stake in the company. Monaco Telecom is currently managing the network on the government's behalf.

The defendants were charged in the indictment for several offences, including entering into harmful contracts, falsifying documents as a special case and abusing official position.

The Basic Court of Pristina, in a panel composed of EULEX and Kosovo judges acquitted all defendants because it was not proven that they had committed the criminal offences they were charged with.

In a statement, the prosecutor said that it "will review the verdict and decide how to proceed with further legal steps. After we receive the complete written judgment and review the reasoning provided by the court, will we make a decision on how to proceed further."

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