Former Albanian PM put under house arrest in corruption case

Former Albanian PM put under house arrest in corruption case
# 30 December 2023 22:01 (UTC +04:00)

Albania's right-wing opposition leader Sali Berisha was placed under house arrest on Saturday over a corruption case during his time as prime minister, APA reports citing DW.

A special court responsible for corruption and organized crime granted a request by public prosecutors to have the 79-year-old confined to his apartment in the capital Tirana until further notice, the ATA news agency reported.

"No criminal charge or new evidence supported this new request," Berisha's lawyers Genk Gjokutaj and Sokol Mengjesi said. "None of the legal criteria required for imposing or escalating such restrictions are met in this case."

Berisha's legal team plans to appeal the decision, which also bans any foreign travel.

Albanian media outlets reported that several police officers arrived at Berisha's apartment building in downtown Tirana on Saturday.

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