A number of arrests of sentenced persons

TIRANA, July 25 – Police arrested a number of persons who had been sentenced to prison terms or under investigation for different crimes, but were still at large. Police in central city of Elbasan arrested Artan Halili, 24, accused of

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Albanian parliament votes to oust prosecutor-general

TIRANA, July 24 – Albanian parliament voted Monday to oust Prosecutor-General Theodhori Sollaku for mishandling and abusing his post, a move that should be then approved by the country’s president. Parliament’s Democratic Party-led majority of Prime Minister Sali Berisha voted

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Moisiu to visit the States invited by former President Clinton

TIRANA, July 24 – Albanian President Alfred Moisiu will go to a visit in the United States in September to take part at the “Clinton Global Initiative,” the press office reported Monday. Moisiu was invited by former President Bill Clinton

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LSI head wants OSCE interference for the electoral reform

TIRANA, July 25 – Leader of the Socialist Movement for Integration (LSI) Ilir Meta said Tuesday that the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe should immediately interfere in the electoral reform in the country as it was its report

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Parliament vote to spark a row with president

TIRANA, July 24 – The parliament vote to oust Prosecutor-General Theodhori Sollaku may spark a big row with the country’s President Alfred Moisiu who is entitled to pass or deny such a voting. Moisiu is the institution that nominates and

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Danger from summer fires

LUSHNJA, July 23 – Fire on Sunday destroyed two store places in the southern town of Lushnja. The building belonged to a private company in the flour commerce. Despite the firefighting efforts both store places were totally destroyed. Investigation has

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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, July 25 - Police arrested a number of persons who had been sentenced to prison terms or under investigation for different crimes, but were still at large.  Police in central city of Elbasan arrested Artan Halili, 24, accused of murdering his spouse Antoneta Halili. Police learnt that Antoneta was killed and found the suspect Artan trying to flee.
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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, July 24 - Albanian parliament voted Monday to oust Prosecutor-General Theodhori Sollaku for mishandling and abusing his post, a move that should be then approved by the country's president.
Parliament's Democratic Party-led majority of Prime Minister Sali Berisha voted 79 in favor with one against to approve a 200-page report following a two-month investigation into some 80 allegations against Sollaku, also saying he had cost the government million of dollars in damages. Parliamentarians of the opposition led by the Socialist Party boycotted the voting in a sign of protest saying the investigation broke the constitution, laws and parliamentary procedures.
The report said it found Sollaku cost the government US$20 million in damages paid to unfairly imprisoned persons, did not start or suspended penal procedures, did not extradite criminal suspects and failed to declare personal private properties.
"Prosecutor-General defended his links with the criminal world stronger than lawyers so that he could earn money from the drug and murder world," said Berisha. "I call on you to distance yourselves from him."
The opposition opposed the whole process as a violation of the constitution. "The investigative process is illegal, in full contradiction to the constitution, laws and the parliamentary procedure," said an opposition report. "We remain concerned that if that report (to fire Sollaku) is accepted that would legalize and would be a direct break of the democratic standards."
Sollaku himself has accused Berisha, whom he has served as adviser when the latter was president in 1992-1997, of waging a political attack against him that he called "premeditated, illegal and unfair," accusing him of trying to take control of Albania's independent institutions.
Parliament has the power to dismiss a prosecutor-general with a vote if he is found to have broken the law or is unable to carry out his duties due to illness.
The president must ratify any decision.
Sollaku, 43, was elected by parliament in 2002. He served as Berisha's legal adviser when Berisha previously served as president from 1992-97.
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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, July 24 - Albanian President Alfred Moisiu will go to a visit in the United States in September to take part at the "Clinton Global Initiative," the press office reported Monday. Moisiu was invited by former President Bill Clinton at the forum held Sept. 20-22 in New York. At the same time the Untied Nations hold the annual session of the General Assembly where Moisiu will take part and hold a speech. "President Moisiu responded to an invitation from President Clinton to be present at the forum which was held for the first time last year in New York," according to a statement. The main theme of the forum would be the fight to reduce poverty, efforts to prevent climate change, improve of the governance and using religion as a tool of reconciliation. 
Moisiu will be alongside Jordan Queen Rania Al-Abdullah, France President Jacque Schirak, British Prime Minister Tony Blair, U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, the U.S. First Lady Laura Bush and Hernando de Soto, Bill Geits, Lakshmi Mital, Rupert Murdoch and others.
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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, July 25 - Leader of the Socialist Movement for Integration (LSI) Ilir Meta said Tuesday that the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe should immediately interfere in the electoral reform in the country as it was its report that noted shortcomings from the previous electoral process. Meta said that other international institutions should be also involved in the proc4ess, that has been stalled following the debate of the majority with the opposition on the use or not of the temporary registers' list. "They (OSCE) should make it clear to the government and the opposition which are standards for free elections. It is not enough only to say general words that they cannot interfere into Albania's internal problems. It is well known that the importance of free elections is very high even when considering the European integration," said Meta, who criticized the OSCE of "a lot of deficit in successfully accomplishing this role in Albania."
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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, July 24 - The parliament vote to oust Prosecutor-General Theodhori Sollaku may spark a big row with the country's President Alfred Moisiu who is entitled to pass or deny such a voting. Moisiu is the institution that nominates and fires Prosecutor-General. The question stands at the interpretation of the Constitution which says the Prosecutor-General may be fired only if he is unable physically or mentally, or if he gravely violates the laws.
Following Monday's vote parliament Speaker Jozefina Topalli should send the proposal to Moisiu within five days.
The Democratic Party-led majority says that the report of the investigative parliamentary committee fully justified the fact that Theodhori Sollaku had broken the laws and should be fired. Prime Minister Sali Berisha and other top government and party officials have warned that Moisiu should immediately fire Sollaku.
Berisha also turned on the High Council of Justice (KLD) that last week turned down a request to replace two of its members with new ones. He said that the Interior Minister Sokol Olldashi would also prove how one KLD member, namely Artan Gjermeni, a former judge, was involved in the crime world.
The Socialist- Party-led opposition, on its side, from the start said that Sollaku's investigation was illegal and they have asked the Constitutional Court to decide on that. The opposition says that Berisha wants to take prosecutor office under its control.
In this situation Moisiu is between two sharp knifes: should he fire Sollaku, or not?
If fired, he will be in good terms with Berisha's government, though he should convince the opposition what are the laws broken from Sollaku.
If not, Moisiu will be in bad terms with Berisha only less than a year from the end of his mandate. That would be a great break of the formally good ties he enjoys at the moment, though he has had often friction.
But Sollaku will be in very good terms with the opposition, that has also said they may propose Moisiu again for another mandate, a strong offer in a vague atmosphere.
The Constitution, on its side, does not put any time frame when Moisiu should decide on the issue. Justice Minister Aldo Bumci confirmed that but also added that the president cannot 'think it over' for more than two months, which was the time the parliamentary investigative committee operated for the case. That seemed a strong warning.
Democrats' parliamentary group leader Bamir Topi also said they expected Moisiu to given an answer within September.
Meanwhile Sollaku through his advisers said that he will continue to work calmly in his office waiting for Moisiu's decision. There were also voices from the prosecutor office that some 'important arrests' would be made in the next days, something that may be considered either a way for Sollaku to prove his efficiency at work, or a warning to the centre-right politicians.
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                    [post_content] => LUSHNJA, July 23 - Fire on Sunday destroyed two store places in the southern town of Lushnja. The building belonged to a private company in the flour commerce. Despite the firefighting efforts both store places were totally destroyed. Investigation has started to find the causes of fire.
SHKODRA, July 22 - A firefighter was wounded while he was trying to extinguish fire in Vau i Dejes, Shkodra district, that was threatening some houses nearby. The firefighter had serious wounds in the body of Pjerin Tahiri, 23, a firefighter and resident of Hot i Ri village. Despite wounds he stayed at the place until the fire was totally extinguished.
Another fire exploded at the psychiatric hospital Monday without causing victims but only slight damages.
KUKES, July 22 - An immediate fire engulfed Saturday a house in Shtiqen village, in Kukes district. The house belonged to Lulzim Hajdari. It was impossible to make anything to save the house from the flames. The firefighting service, however, manage to limit it and not let flames engulf other houses nearby. It is believed the cause of the fire was the electricity network. There have been six fire cases this month in Kukes. At one of them three persons lost their lives.
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