Suspended from UP

The prosecution initiates a case against professor Xhevat Krasniqi for "sexual harassment"

Xhevat Krasniqi

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The Basic Prosecutor's Office in Prishtina has announced that a case has been initiated against the professor of the University of Prishtina, Xhevat Krasniqi, in relation to the criminal offense "Sexual Harassment".

The spokesperson of the Prosecutor's Office, Laureta Ulaj, has told KOHEN that the Police has been authorized to undertake investigative actions. 

"The Basic Prosecutor's Office in Pristina, according to official duty, has initiated a case regarding the criminal offense of 'sexual harassment'. As we have informed you, the Basic Prosecutor's Office in Pristina has authorized the police to undertake investigative actions, with the aim of gathering evidence and information related to this issue", she said. 

Ulaj added that currently, as part of the investigation, statements of the persons involved in this case are being taken.

On Tuesday, the University of Pristina made a decision to suspend the professor of the Faculty of Education, Xhevat Krasniqi. 

In the decision provided by KOHA, it is stated that Krasniqi will be suspended immediately, "until the investigative actions by the state prosecutor's office are completed."


UP suspends professor Xhevat Krasniqi

The University of Prishtina has made a decision to suspend the professor of the Faculty of Education, Xhevat Krasniq.

In the decision provided by KOHA, it is stated that Krasniqi will be suspended immediately, "until the investigative actions by the state prosecutor's office are completed."

"On the basis of the decision of the Council of Ethics and with the recommendation to the Rectorate, the Rector of UP made a decision to suspend prof. Xh.K. with immediate effect, according to the relevant normative framework, until the investigative actions by the state prosecutor's office are completed", the decision of the Rectorate states.

The Council of Ethics has further said that it rejects attacks by people inside and outside the UP, asking for "restraint and reservation from any interference and attack on the UP, especially by the staff members themselves".


The Ethics Council recommends to the Rectorate the suspension of Xhevat Krasniqi

The Ethics Council of the University of Pristina has recommended to the Rectorate to suspend Professor Xhevat Krasniqi, who has been denounced for sexual harassment. 

Xhevat Krasniqi was denounced by 27 students of the University of Prishtina that he had sexually harassed them, telling some of them "when I take a shower, I will give you a massage".

According to a complainant, the professor of the Faculty of Education was also teaching the subject of Mathematics at the Faculty of Medicine, where it is said that he had "demonstrated the word 'massage' with his hands."

"I went in to consult with the professor in question and to see where he removed 0.5 points from the exam, let's say that I didn't get the answer, but I left that office shocked with a not at all adequate, moral and unprofessional answer" , said one of the students in her complaint that was presented to the Council. "And here I am quoting his words: 'I am fair in my assessment, and so I am fair, when I take a shower and give a massage', who demonstrated the word 'massage' with his hands and approached me to hug me" , the complaint states.