Albanian parliament rejected on Wednesday the prosecutors' request to arrest one of their peer and former Interior Minister Saimir Tahiri, who is accused of being linked to a drug trafficking ring.
Violent Albanian crime groups are exerting "considerable control" over the drug market in the UK, while gangs from Serbia and Turkey dominate maritime cocaine trafficking routes, according to a report by the National Crime Agency (NCA) releasedWednesday.
Seven Albanian drug trafficking suspects were arrested after authorities chased their speedboat for nearly 22 hours across the Mediterranean Sea in a movie-like operation involving high speed boats, helicopters and planes.
Albanian authorities arrested six people suspected of being part of a larger smuggling network that brought migrants from the Middle East and Africa to Western Europe.
Italian police arrested 14 Albanian citizens on Wednesday who were allegedly part of a ring involved in the trafficking of women and drugs across Europe.
Transparency International (TI) released its first corruption assessment on Albania Thursday, and the news is not good: Albania is home to some of the worst corruption in Europe.
Albania’s parliament passed a law on Tuesday requiring background checks of prospective judges and prosecutors, despite resistance from the country’s opposition.
Spanish police said Wednesday they had dismantled an Albanian-Bulgarian network smuggling heroin and other drugs from the Balkans and Turkey to the cities of Barcelona and Tarragona, arresting seven members of the group.
Two years after a massive police raid in the renegade Albanian village of Lazarat, not much has changed in the region’s cannabis production, aside from a shift in the geography of cultivation, according to Balkan Insight (BIRN).
Avni Metra is fighting extradition from the United Kingdom after he was identified as an alleged gang member and a brutal two-time murderer in a Daily Mail investigation.
The head of Albanian police has been suspended at the request of prosecutors who are investigating him for abuse of office regarding their suspicion that police are illegally using a wiretapping device which they say entered the country “without proper authorization.”
Major Albanian political parties are once again in a heated scuffle as the implementation of a decriminalization law – passed with the goal of removing those with criminal convictions from holding public office – has already resulted in the resignation of a ruling party city mayor this week.
Following a major crackdown on an international drug trafficking group in Greece on May 9, the Albanian opposition Democratic Party (DP) has accused the interior minister of protecting the alleged leader of the group, whom Greek media has dubbed the “Escobar of the Balkans.” “Escobar” is, according to the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN), a former regional director of transport services who served as part of the Transport Ministry until last week.
Opposition lawmakers in Albania tried to stop a Parliamentary session Thursday by throwing eggs at Prime Minister Edi Rama, angered by the return of a lawmaker who had been involved in an armed conflict in his hometown, Lac, in early September 2015.
Ten marijuana farmers who shot at police attempting to regain control over an outlaw region of Albania in 2014 were jailed by a Tirana court Monday, according to Reuters.
Next month, Albanian members of Parliament (MPs) will vote on a proposed law to exclude people with criminal convictions from holding public office, according to the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN).
As part of police operation Cifliku authorities in Albania have detained four people, all members of the same family, on suspicion of making and selling drugs.
The European Commission (EC) has urged Turkey and Western Balkan governments to tackle organized crime and corruption if they want to meet European Union (EU) membership requirements.
The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) has confirmed the authenticity of an internal report that included several controversial third-party allegations of corruption by members of Parliament including the prime minister.
Albania's oppositional Democratic Party has called for the resignation of Sajmir Tahiri, Minister of the Interior, accusing him of protecting criminal groups that smuggle Albanian marijuana to Italy by plane.
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