Public doubts autopsy report in Kosovo privatisation chief's death


Most bloggers said they do not believe Dino Asanaj committed suicide, and some link his untimely death to Kosovo's shady privatisation dealings.

By Safet Kabashaj for Southeast European Times in Pristina -- 23/06/12


Privatisation agency head Dino Asanaj died last week. [Laura Hasani/SETimes]

The sudden death of Kosovo privatisation agency head Dino Asanaj shocked many, but the official autopsy report concluding that Asanaj repeatedly stabbed himself to death continues to cause disbelief and widespread speculation of foul play.

Arsim Gerxhaliu, director of the forensic medicine department in Pristina, said there were 11 knife wounds in Asanaj's neck and the chest, and two fatal wounds into his lung and heart.

"Asanaj started by causing small cuts in the neck and then continued down to his chest," Gerxhaliu said.

"This is a scandalous crime that can not be covered up with anything. The man was killed," adhurimkrasniqi wrote.

"You must be a samurai and have enormous commitment [to suicide] to miss even a single reason for life to stab yourself seven times," Driton added.

Some, like Hayvani, who claimed to be a medical doctor, argued there simply are no scientific arguments to reach a conclusion of suicide.

"The only explanation was that the victim has shown no signs of resistance. Sound logic makes you think it was a homicide," he said.

Pristina doctor Ali Hajra told SETimes that in his professional opinion, suicide is not an option in explaining Asanaj's death.

"If he started with the small stabbings, he could not have done the last fatal one. If the opposite, had he done the fatal one first, then the others would not have happened," Hajra said.

"While Dr. Gerxhaliu is a [respected] colleague, he reached his conclusion fast. This event, the number of wounds and the conclusion will become a case study in Kosovo's medical institutions," Hajra added.

Others seem upset at what they perceive is a causal manner in which the Kosovo authorities are treating the case, which feeds widespread speculation of murder scenarios typical of dictatorial regimes.

"The strategy how he was killed, who committed it, who forced him to stab himself and write a letter, are as clear as it can happen only in a mafia state -- Al Capone, John Gotti or Enver Hoxha style," malesoriny said.

One indication of the public scepticism may be the few on-line comments -- among many thousands -- which support the official autopsy version for the cause of death.

"Asanaj was a US citizen and that international forensics attended his autopsy," Bush said.

"After Remzi Ejupi appeared in public and confessed he is ready to prove for the prosecution his [Asanaj's] bribe allegations, Asanaj was deeply distressed and was psychologically off," Bush said.

"He is not the only one to have committed a suicide with a knife; usually they stab themselves many times," Bush concluded.

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But Nexhmedin Ejupi, head of the privatised Kosovatex enterprise, told SETimes he knew Asanaj through various business dealings.

Ejupi said he does not trust the autopsy conclusion "even when a team of forensic doctors unanimously concludes on something." There are other ways to prove what happened but it will take time, he added.

Synfrom007 urged the public to be more patient and wait for the prosecution to conclude the investigation, regardless of autopsy results.

"Indications and evidence on the ground may be more important than the forensic report, regardless of whether the evidence endorses one or another conclusion."

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