Dajti’s warning: “In the next court session, I will testify about the chief of operation, Arjan Muça, and the murder of two police officers, occurred before the Durrësi one
By: Sonila Mesareja
Dritan Dajti opened Pandora’s Box and started to tell his truth, which he intended to do even before in the last two sessions, but delayed due to the lack of audience in the courtroom, since people were more interested or involved with the elections. Investigim.al has the full statement the defendant gave in the courtroom. With two photos in his hand, which he occasionally showed to the cameras and reporters in the courtroom, and a copy of the expert’s report, Dritan Dajti told his truth regarding the murder of the police officer, Sajmir Duçkollari. Before his long-awaited recounting of the events that day, the court ordered the camera operators to leave the courtroom, so that there was no recording and only the journalists could be present. None of the family members of Sajmir Duçkollari was present during the court session, despite Dajti’s invitation to them to hear his truth. A higher number of security guards were in the courtroom that day.
The full testimony
“I am opening Pandora’s box with the murder of Sajmir Duçkollari, as I have promised. In its request, the Prosecution accuses me of this murder. It has even brought witnesses telling that they have seen me shooting. One of these witnesses is the police officer, F. Gashi. He has testified that Sajmir Duçkollari was wearing a police uniform that day. Not true. Here are two photos taken only few moments after the murder, which show what Duçkollari was wearing, and you can see clearly that he did not have a uniform on. Secondly, this witness has declared that the victim was killed while trying to open the door of the Touareg vehicle, whereas this picture shows that he was killed a few meters behind the car”.
“Gashi has testified about these facts four times in court and three times in the prosecution office, whereas the evidence, the photos and the expert reports indicate otherwise. Gashi said that he did not fire his automatic weapon, but from the ballistic expertise, it results that he did fire. Moreover, it turns out that Sajmir Duçkollari was not killed while trying to open the door of the vehicle, which means by a front shooting, but he was shot in the back. The bullets came out of the front side of his body. I can state that the person standing behind my car with a machine gun was F. Gashi, and that he shot and killed Sajmir Duçkollari in the back. I have the operational plan, the same one that you have. In this operational plan prepared by Arjan Muça, Saimir Duçkollari does not appear at all. He was not assigned any task or position in that operation and his name does not appear at all in the plan”.
“I did not know Duçkollari. However, during this time, I have analyzed every moment of that day and based on all the evidence and on what I recall from that day, I can affirm that Duçkollari was standing behind my vehicle. He did not make it to open the door of my Touareg and was shot by the person holding an automatic gun. The forensics report shows that there is no trace of the victim’s papillary lines on the vehicle, which proves that he did not even touch the car. In fact, Sajmir Duçkollari was a few meters away from the car, behind it, on the side opposite to the driver, which is easily proven by the pictures. Therefore, the forensics report concludes that there were two wounds caused by the bullets that penetrated the body of Duçkollari, and that the firing direction was from his back. The bullet entered from the back, through his heart and came out of the chest. Therefore, the bullet exited from the front, not from the back. The police officer Gashi was standing only few meters behind him, holding a machine gun”.
I remember that after being shot from behind, on his left side, Duçkollari fell on the ground and the person standing behind him dragged his dead body. F. Gashi does not accept to have fired the gun, but the ballistic expertise shows that he did. Therefore, I can declare that it was F. Gashi to kill Sajmir Duçkollari. I did not know Gashi before the fact, but when he gave its testimony in the courtroom, I have recognized him as the person standing behind Duçkollari with an automatic gun. This has been testified by all the witnesses who eye witnessed the firing. With this, I am putting an end to my testimony for this session, and in the next one, I will bring further evidence about Sajmir Duçkollari’s murder. I will also testify about Arjan Muça and the murder of two other police officers, prior to this event”, closed his testimony the defendant, and since there was no defense lawyer due to the defendant’s inability to afford one, he left the courtroom. Faced with this situation, and the fact that, neither the defendant, nor a defense lawyer, was in the courtroom, the court adjourned the trial and notified the two lawyers assigned by the court about the next session.
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