EU finishes probes that Kosovo judge calls biased

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — The European Union has wrapped up three investigations into a British judge who served with the bloc’s monitoring mission in Kosovo, but isn’t making public the conclusions of probes that the judge says were revenge after he spoke out against wrongdoing.

An EU spokesperson confirmed Monday that a disciplinary board had finalized three investigations into Malcolm Simmons, a judge with the EU’s Kosovo mission beginning in 2008 and its chief judge from 2014 until he resigned last year. They would not comment on the board’s conclusions, or detail the allegations. The spokesperson refused to be identified, citing the sensitivity of the investigations.

Simmons said the allegations were brought by colleagues who he had denounced, and that what he called a biased investigation was an attempt to cast doubt on his whistleblowing.

The EU mission, focused on the rule of law and fighting corruption, has helped Kosovo on its path to European integration since 2008, when Pristina declared independence from Serbia.

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