State Police Director Haki Çako Dismissed

State Police Director Haki Çako Dismissed

Director General of the State Police Haki Çako has been dismissed today from his function, after the Council of Ministers approved a proposal of Minister of Interior Fatmir Xhafaj to that end.\ According to a press declaration, Minister Xhafaj has justified Çako’s dismissal with the need for “new energies” in the State Police: The realization […]

France Threatens with Return of Visa Regime

France Threatens with Return of Visa Regime

On Friday, French Minister of Interior Gérard Collomb arrived in Tirana for a two-day visit, with the intention of pressuring the Albanian government to put a stop to the influx of Albanian illegal immigrants and asylum seekers in France. One of his proposals would be the stationing of French police officers as Albanian borders to […]

Drug Traffic Threatens Free Movement of Albanians

Drug Traffic Threatens Free Movement of Albanians

The articles recently published in the Dutch media about the rise in the criminal activity of Albanian groups in the country signal that the Dutch government may consider moves to reinstate Schengen visa for Albanian citizens. Despite the constant denials by the Albanian embassy in the Netherlands, it appears that the problem is real and the facts lead […]

GdF: Less Plantations Discovered, More Drugs Captured in Italy

GdF: Less Plantations Discovered, More Drugs Captured in Italy

Minister of Interior Fatmir Xhafaj and representatives of the Guardia di Finanza presented today the results of the aerial monitoring to identity cannabis plantations in Albania. During May 15–September 15, the Italians monitored the Albanian terroritory in a project mainly financed by Italy and European Union. During these flights about 23% of the total non-urban […]

Behold the Glorious Authors of the Judicial Reform!

Behold the Glorious Authors of the Judicial Reform!

We should start by stating a simple fact. The duty of the Council of Mandates, yesterday, was to decide whether Saimir Tahiri would face the law on equal grounds with any other common citizen. The substance of General Prosecutor’s request was for them to allow prosecutors to undertake the same investigative actions and procedures for […]

Minister Xhafaj Attacks Prosecution

Minister Xhafaj Attacks Prosecution

As the parliamentary Council of Immunities is expected to meet this morning at 11:00 in Parliament in the presence of both former Minister Saimir Tahiri and the Serious Crimes Prosecutor Besim Hajdarmataj, Minister of Interior Fatmir Xhafaj has made a statement attacking the prosecution, stating that they are “used politically”: As far as I see […]

The “Family Dossiers” of the Socialist Party

The “Family Dossiers” of the Socialist Party

The publication of the dossier full with wiretaps of the brothers Habilaj has immediately created doubts that the war between the clans within the Socialist Party is heavier than ever before and the relations with the criminal world, even if they may not be all true, at least to serve as an unbridgeable division between […]

Xhafaj about Habilaj Scandal: Not An Issue

Xhafaj about Habilaj Scandal: Not An Issue

Minister of Interior Fatmir Xhafaj has refused to make any official declaration regarding the drug-trafficking scandal involving bribes allegedly paid by Moisi Habilaj to former Minister of Interior and Xhafaj’s predecessor Saimir Tahiri. Asked by journalists this morning whether he would undertake action based on the Italian police report made public by the PD, Minister […]

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