Luan Oruqi Pleaded Not Guilty to Heroin Smuggling

Luan Oruqi, Kosovo and Serbia national, pleaded not guilty to smuggling of 6.65 kg of heroin before the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), even though he had admitted the offence with the Prosecutor’s Office.

His lawyer Mirza Kovač told the reporters from the Center for Investigative Reporting in Sarajevo that Oruqi collaborated with the prosecutors during the investigation but he decided not to admit that before the Court because this could’ve led to a longer sentence at the moment.

However, Kovač said that after the trial opens Oruqi and the Prosecutor’s Office will reach a plea agreement.

At today’s arraignment hearing, Oruqi asked prosecutor Oleg Čavka for protection. He said that his uncle was killed in a bomb attack in Peć after he had pleaded guilty.

Officers of the State Investigation and Protection Agency (SIPA) arrested Oruqi in a Sarajevo suburb of Ilidža on Feb 2. According to the indictment, the drug originates from Montenegro, but he smuggled it into BiH via Serbia. The SIPA officers found the drugs in 12 packages hidden in his Toyota Corolla with Montenegrin number plates.

The defendant told the Prosecutor’s Office that he smuggled the drugs into BiH through a border crossing near Višegrad. He proceeded to Sarajevo where he was to deliver the drugs to an unknown person and receive €5,000. He was arrested before the drug changed hands.

The Court of BiH confirmed the indictment against Oruqi on April 5, a day after the BiH Prosecutor’s Office filed it on charges of smuggling 6.65 kg of heroin with a street value of around one million KM.

Oruqi admitted to the prosecutors that he smuggled heroin. He was a mule for a certain Leonardo from Peć and that he smuggled the drug via a border crossing near Višegrad.

Upon his arrival in Sarajevo he drove to a gas station Braća Mujić where he was to give the drugs to an unknown person, said Oruqi. He was seized by the police and booked.

Oruqi said in a statement that he was to receive € 5,000 for this job from Leonardo. He said that the he had the secret compartment where the drug was stashed made in Vicenza, Italia for € 1,000. He added that he smuggled gold in the compartment before.

Forty-years old Oruqi resides in Priština. He is a manager by profession. He is the owner of a Kosovo fashion agency “Model Agency” which hired also BiH models.

Kovač said that the hearing should be scheduled for the end of May 2012.