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Prague, Aug 11 (CTK) – Albania has extradited Kosovo Albanian Shukri Hoti, who shot dead his fellow citizen in Prague in 1997 and never started serving his 12-year prison term, to the Czech Republic, the Justice Ministry said in a press release Tuesday.

In August 1997, Hoti shot dead by a submachine gun a member of a hostile family within a blood feud.

“This July, Hoti was found in Albania. The Justice Ministry immediately asked Albania for his extradition,” the ministry said.

“As the man in question has agreed with his extradition to serve his prison term in the Czech Republic, the extradition occurred within the simplified release procedure,” it added.

The blood feud between the two family clans, Hoti and Xaja, involved four murders at least. It started in Kosovo in mid-1996 when a member of the Xaja family jumped the queue of tractor drivers waiting for sand.

A Hoti protested, but was later beaten up by the Xajas. A series of murders followed in Kosovo, Germany, Switzerland and Prague.

In August 1997, Shukri Hoti, 32, opened fire at Hilmi Xaja, 36, from a moving car in the centre of Prague and drove away.

Shukri Hoti is also suspected of having killed Hilmi Xaja’s borther in Kosovo in May 1997.

The two families reconciled themselves in Kosovo in May 1998. The ceremony was attended by 500 people and was described in the local press.

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