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Protest against the retrial of the case for the murder of Marigona Osmani

2024-02-28 14:55:00, Kosova & Bota CNA

Protest against the retrial of the case for the murder of Marigona Osmani

Members of the Collective for Feminist Thought and Action protested on Wednesday in front of the Palace of Justice in Pristina against the decision of the Court of Appeal to send the case of the murder of Marigona Osmani to a retrial.

Bjeshke Guri, representative of the organization, said that they gathered in front of the Court of Appeal to "oppose the practices of the justice system in Kosovo, which is proving to us time and time again that it is not working for women, making it impossible for them any kind of justice".

She said that the court's decision on Osmani's case has caused "too much outrage" and endangers the safety of women and girls in Kosovo.

"We cannot allow Marigona's case to drag on in court buildings and eventually deepen the pain of her family members," she said. In August 2023, Dardan Krivaqa was sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of Osmani, while Arbër Sejdiu was sentenced to 15 years in prison for aiding in the commission of "aggravated murder".

The participants in the protest were seen holding the inscriptions "We do not forget", "Justice for Marigona", "Safety and justice for women" and others.

On February 23, the Appeal approved the defense lawyers' complaints about the judgment, on the grounds that there were procedural violations during the trial.

The accused will continue to remain in custody.

Marigona Osmani was 18 years old when she was killed, on August 22, 2021, in the apartment of the main accused, Dardan Krivaqa, in the city of Ferizaj. Krivaqa and Sejdiu sent the dead body of the victim to the city hospital, and then left in an unknown direction.

According to the indictment, Krivaqa, on August 21, 2021, at around 10:14, in his apartment, without the consent of the now deceased Marigona Osmani, forced her to have sexual intercourse and abused her in various ways.

According to the indictment, one day later, on August 22, 2021, Krivaqa and Sejdiu killed the deceased in an attempt to hide the criminal offense of rape.

They were also accused of committing rape, but they were found not guilty at this point, due to lack of evidence./ Rel

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