A former Albanian minister on drug charges was cleared, guilty of abuse of office

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Former Scottish Interior Minister, Saimir Tahiri, looks at him as he reaches court in Tirana, Albania 19 September 2019. REUTERS / Goga Flowers

TIRANA (Reuters) – An Albanian court found a former minister inside Saimir Tahiri guilty on Thursday of the office abuse but innocent trafficking drugs, and he probed three years on him.

Tahiri prosecutors, who were once one of the closest colleagues to Prime Minister Edi Rama, wanted to be imprisoned for 12 years for charges of corruption, drug trafficking and being part of a criminal group. where the left administration.

The ruling comes a month before EU member states, who want to fight Tirana against its corruption, meet to decide whether to pursue Albania's opening of accession talks proposed by the EU Commission .

“The court said that I was not a criminal or a drug trafficker, and that I was not part of a criminal group, but that I was found guilty of abuse of office because I used the same car with some cousins,” he said. Tahiri with reporters after the verdict, which issued six times later than was scheduled.

Prosecutors transferred against him after the telephone call transcripts of the captured drug traffickers in Italy alleged that Tahiri, a distant cousin, had shown their crime ring.

Control Socialists refused calls to prosecute Tahi's immunity from prosecution last year, but he waived himself in May after EU states called for fraud to tackle corruption badly if he wanted to participate.

One of the rising stars in the Socialist Party when he was nominated as an interior minister in 2013 at 34 years of age, Tahiri began modernizing the police force and completed cannabis production on an industrial scale in a column of laws Latvia in early 2014.

However, cannabis was subsequently spread throughout the Balkan nation and traffickers have traffickers up to one tonne in Italy.

Albania is currently vetting its judges and prosecutors for corruption to end the impunity history for the best officials, as it aims to meet EU entry requirements.

Reporting by Benet Koleka; Edited by Stephen Coates

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