Nick WoodKosovo 'mafia' strikes
Wednesday September 13, 2000
Pristina - There are fears that organised crime is spiralling out of control in Kosovo after the murder of a senior Albanian official working for the UN mission in the province.
The UN has ordered a security review for local staff after the mission's director of planning, reconstruction and development, Rexhep Luci, was shot dead in what K-For officials say was a "mafia" killing.
Unidentified gunmen shot Luci, 58, in the back six times as he returned to his apartment in the regional capital, Pristina, on Monday evening.
Luci's tasks included signing demolition orders for illegal buildings. At the time of his murder, the department was in the process of demolishing a hotel complex.
Colleagues said Luci had been threatened twice in the last 10 days.
An initial K-For report on the killing says Luci may have been killed by "mafia" figures related to the hotel industry.
The hotel complex was partly financed by the Kosovo Hotels Association, which the department said was set up by former members of the Kosovo Liberation Army who seized control of property across the province when Nato troops entered Kosovo last June.