Asanaj, who held dual Kosovo-US citizenship, was attacked by unknown assailants in the gated “international village” on the outskirts of Pristina – an upmarket housing project which he directed as a private venture.
Shkumbin Bicaj of the privatisation agency told beyondbrics: “Unfortunately this is a shocking news to all of us – as yet there is no information as how it happened – the investigation is ongoing.”
“This is not good news from several angles,” one banker in Kosovo told beyondbrics, indicating it was a blow to the young country’s struggle to establish the rule of law and a positive image to attract foreign investment.
Asanaj, who had lived and worked as a contractor in the US for a number of years, was associated with several controversial deals in his time at PAK, including the expropriation of land for a new campus for the American University in Kosovo.
Despite his sometimes unorthodox approach, he won the respect of western colleagues.
“I learned to appreciate him as a man. We had our professional disagreements over time, but it always stayed at that level,” one western adviser told beyondbrics, who said he was in mourning.
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