Convicted drug trafficker gets second chance at trial from Slovakian court
Notorious Albanian gangster Baki S. will be re-tried by a Slovakian court for alleged drug trafficking, the local media reported, September 6.
“The courts will re-open the trial of Baki Sadiki, a Kosovar Albanian living in Slovakia, as the Presov Regional Court cancelled the original verdict sentencing him to 22 years in prison for drug trafficking in a September 3 closed session,” internet daily, The Slovak Spectator, reported.
Baki S. was sentenced to 22 years in prison in June 2011, for producing and smuggling drugs from Turkey to Slovakia. The sentence was pronounced in absentia as the suspect could not be located. He was finally apprehended in Kosovo in October 2012 and extradited to Slovakia.
The suspect’s plea for a re-trial was granted based on the law, which states that if sentenced in absentia, a convict can ask for a re-trial.
Baki S. maintains that during his time in Kosovo he was not aware of the sentence.