- Associated Press - Thursday, December 15, 2016

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) - A Kosovo court has sentenced two former culture ministers and two movie producers for misusing public funds by signing contracts for movies that never got made.

The court in Pristina said Thursday said the a court in Pristina sentenced each of the four to one year of probation that would be converted to jail time if they are convicted again within two years.

The two producers also were fined 100,000 and 188,000 euros ($112,000 and $211,000.)

By law, their identities are not public while the verdicts can be appealed.

Prosecutors accused the four of conspiring to embezzle government arts funding with contracts for phony projects.

Kosovo has been under international pressure to fight corruption since it declared independence from Serbia in 2008.

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