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Narcotics trafficking (Tahiri)

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Introduction

From 2013 to 2017, police in Italy and Albania seized large amounts of the illicit drug cannabis.

Country
Albania
Sector
Public institutions
Offence
Narcotics trafficking, Criminal offences by criminal organisations, Abuse of office
Phase
2nd instance procedure

Case Overview

From 2013 to 2017, police in Italy and Albania seized large amounts of the illicit drug cannabis.

In response, the Serious Crimes Prosecution Office in Tirana launched a criminal proceeding for narcotics trafficking committed in collaboration as a structured criminal group. The defendant was Albanian citizen Saimir Tahiri, who served as interior minister for the Republic of Albania from 11 September 2013 to 19 March 2017. Also involved in the case was the director of the local police station in Vlorë as Tahiri’s collaborator.

According to the Serious Crimes Prosecution Office, the two defendants helped a structured criminal group by abusing their supervisory state functions. They removed obstacles and gave information to narcotics growers and traffickers, which prolonged the trafficking.