Albanian Ex-minister To Face Drug Trafficking Charges

Albanian Ex-minister To Face Drug Trafficking Charges

TIRANA - An Albanian court has ruled that former interior minister Saimir Tahiri should be kept under house arrest and face trial on charges of drug

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TIRANA – An Albanian court has ruled that former interior minister Saimir Tahiri should be kept under house arrest and face trial on charges of drug trafficking and corruption, the prosecution office said on Saturday.

Tahiri waived his lawmaker’s mandate and immunity from prosecution nine days ago after EU members pressed Tirana to be tough on corruption and crime when it asked them to endorse its accession talks, which were recommended by the European Commission.

The governing Socialist lawmakers of Prime Minister Edi Rama refused to strip Tahiri of his immunity six months ago, after phone-call transcripts of drug traffickers arrested in Italy suggested Tahiri, a distant cousin of theirs, was their inside man.

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