Police identify successes this year, set goals for the future

TIRANA, Aug. 9 – Despite successes achieved during the first half this year police say they have to intensify the fight against organized crime, terrorism and corruption in the future. The fight against drug trafficking remains a top priority for

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Human trafficking reduced after new border control system installed

TIRANA, Aug. 6 – A better management of the border crossing points and the installation of the TIMS control system have significantly reduced human traffikcing at the country’s borders, according to police reports. This has tranferred such trafficking to green

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Police arrests around the country

TIRANA, Aug. 8 – Police have arrested a considerable number of Albanians in the past week. Also, in Elbasan police started penal procedure against Hyqmet Arapi, 58, who had seriously injured a person in a car accident. Arapi was at

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Berisha hails Italy for reducing time of permanent stay for immigrants

TIRANA, Aug. 5 – Albanian government of Prime Minister Sali Berisha welcomed and hailed a decision of the Italian government to reduce the time of permanent stay in that country for immigrants who want to get official documentation and citizenship.

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Helicopter wreckage found deep in the sea

TIRANA, Aug. 8 – Government authorities confirmed that some scanned images belong to the wreckage of the Bell 222 helicopter that sank 1,024 meters into the Adriatic Sea killing Gramoz Pashko, his son and four others persons in mid-July. Following

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German and Swiss ambassadors urge investment in Pogradec

POGRADEC, Aug. 4 – German ambassador Hans Peter Annen and Swiss ambassador Erich Pircher pledged their commitment to add investment from their countries into town of Pogradec and Korca as well. During a visit to the town on Friday they

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Police have blocked 1,000 blocked cars in Durres

DURRES, Aug. 7 – Durres police have blocked some 1,000 cars and motorbikes that have been blocked for driving mistakes and lack of proper documentation over the years, and the fines have not been paid. Some 650 cars have been

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Interior Minister offers a helping hand in the improvement of the voters’ list

TIRANA, Aug. 8 – Interior Minister Sokol Olldashi on Tuesday offered the hand of reconciliation to the opposition in the improvement of the temporary voters’ list that will be used in the upcoming local government elections expected to be held

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Two sisters drown in Peqin

PEQIN, Aug. 8 – Two sisters at the village of Lolaj near Peqin town were drowned Tuesday at a reservoir while they were swimming, police reported. Kadrie and Irena Qefalia, 9 and 16 years respectively, from the Bishqem village, were

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Government claims transparency in direct procurement procedures

TIRANA, Aug. 9 – Wednesday the Albanian government turned down media reports on the lack of transparency in some direct procurements committed during the past months. The government press office issued a statement against an article in Panorama newspaper Monday

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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, Aug. 9 - Despite successes achieved during the first half this year police say they have to intensify the fight against organized crime, terrorism and corruption in the future. The fight against drug trafficking remains a top priority for them. Police priorities in the future will be to create a national center for collecting data on drugs and preparing the proper legislation. Police are also to prepare a draft of the law concerning the fight against terrorism and procedures that follow that. Fighting human trafficking remains another top issue. Improving police image before the public opinion is a new goal that police have to deal with. Border control remains a priority issue in the context of the country's integration into the European Union and NATO.
All these were mentioned Wednesday at a meeting analyzing police results during the first half of this year. Police spokesman Bajram Ibraj noted some results of his institution that had as its main goals increasing public security, and fighting criminality, organized crime and corruption. Ibraj said that murders and sexual crimes had fallen and police discovery capabilities had increased. Ibraj mentioned that 56 criminal groups were hit this year and 879 persons were arrested involved with them. There have been 188 cases of drug trafficking. Giving figures, Ibraj said there have been 1,143 criminal cases and 1,092 of them were discovered by the police. Police have sequestered 81 kg of heroin; 17.8 gr. of methadone; 1.3 kg of cocaine; 2,378 kg of marijuana/hashish; and 0.95 litres of hashish oil. 24,279 cannabis plants and 580 poppy plants have been destroyed. Police have been involved in seven operations with their international colleagues from Turkey, Italy and Germany. Police have identified 672 cases of money laundering, mainly in the illegal trafficking of cigarette packages, coffee, sheep and livestock, mobile phones and gold. During this period police have identified 4,517 crimes and 879 persons at large have been arrested. There have been 44 murders down from 57 in the same period last year but suicides increased to 108 and 59 attempted suicides. Car theft has lowered from 322 in 2005 to 302 this year. But there has been noted an increase in shopthefts from 332 to 408 and home thefts from 282 to 301 this year. Most of them were in Tirana. Road accidents have decreased to 121 deaths from 156 deaths in 2005 in 418 accidents.The number of road accidents is a great concern, said Ibraj, who also added his concern about the increased number of children and teenagers involved in crime. He also appealed for more public awareness against crime in the family.
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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, Aug. 6 - A better management of the border crossing points and the installation of the TIMS control system have significantly reduced human traffikcing at the country's borders, according to police reports. This has tranferred such trafficking to green areas like forests or moutanouns areas which serve to hide the illegals-to-be. Police said that some 85 percent of the people involved in such illegal activity are residents from border areas. Border points are now mainly used as transit points to neighboring copuntries and the EU member countries. During the first six months this year Korca city was the main problem for this issue with 65 penal cases of human trafficking. It is followed by Gjirokastra, Vlora and Durres. In total there have been 196 cases of efforts of human trafficking stopped by police, or eight more than a year ago. It is also noted that some of the cases of human trafficking have involved police and other officials. Human trafficking has been one of the topics which Albania will try to keep under control along its integration road toward the European Union and NATO.
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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, Aug. 8 - Police have arrested a considerable number of Albanians in the past week. Also, in Elbasan police started penal procedure against Hyqmet Arapi, 58, who had seriously injured a person in a car accident. Arapi was at large.
In Tirana police arrested Ndricim Luka, 34, who was sentenced to three years imprisonment for deceit.
Also in the capital police arrested Ermal Dedei, 19, Orlando Meshau, 29, and Artan Aliaj, 35, for false documents, illegal posession of weapons and crime involvement after finding with them a pistol, a false British passport and a car that is suspected of being trafficked with false documents.
Also in Tirana police arrested Arian Katana, 24, from Shkodra and Elton Shametin, 29, from Vlora,for allegedly producing false documents and visas. They were arrested at Rinas or Mother Teresa international airport with false visas.
Police in the capital have also arrested Serdar Dayas, 25, a Turkish citizen accused of material damage, Albert Buci, 28, fromDibra, for theft, and Dajlan Maliqi, 58, from Tirana for abandoning a military post.
In Gjirokastra police arrested at the Kakavie border crossing point Ilir Elezi, 48, a suspect of drug trafficking crimes.
Police in Tepelena arrested Llambi Prifti, 41, who had allegedly killed in a car accident Kadri Mema, 79, along the Memaliaj-Tepelena road.
In Vlora police arrested Elton Curri, 25, who had allegedly killed Enrik Jaho, 27, two days ago.
Tirana Interpol extradited two Albanians from Greece, Festim Baha, 35, from Elbasan (accused of a murder in 2002 and sentenced with 15 years imprisonment) and Dorian Muharremi, 27, from Korca sentenced in 2003 for theft.
Lushnja police Monday arrested three persons for allegedly kidnapping a person. Brothers Gjergj and Ndue Kola, and Fetah Matmuja, residents in Durres, had collaborated with each other to kidnap Riza Dunisha living in Vlora. The incident occurred in Gradishte village in Lushnja where Dunisha had gone to meet his parents-in-law. They had asked him to give them two million leks.
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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, Aug. 5 - Albanian government of Prime Minister Sali Berisha welcomed and hailed a decision of the Italian government to reduce the time of permanent stay in that country for immigrants who want to get official documentation and citizenship. "That is  very good news for thousands of Albanian immigrants and their families who have chosen Italy as their second homeland," the government statement said. It is believed that some 300,000 Albanian immigrants live in Italy going there by boats and ships and legally after 1990. "That decision is proof of the respect and gratitude of the Italian government and people for the honest and devoted contribution of the immigrants who have gone to Italy with the hope and belief in a better life and future," said the statement. "The prime minister believes that Albanian immigrants in Italy will continue to be strong bridges of cooperation and friendship between our two people and countries."
Italy is Albania's main economic partner for post-communist Albania. It has been an important supporter in the country's efforts toward integration into the European Union and NATO.
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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, Aug. 8 - Government authorities confirmed that some scanned images belong to the wreckage of the Bell 222 helicopter that sank 1,024 meters into the Adriatic Sea killing Gramoz Pashko, his son and four others persons in mid-July. Following research work from Italian ships Urania and Galatea a 5-meter metal object belonging to the helicopter was found. Pashko, already in a coma and being transported for treatment in Italy was killed, along with his 24-year old son, two pilots and a technician, and the doctor. French specialized ship Janus II will make efforts to bring the wreckage out. A robot has managed to film the wreckage in the sea, and will be a help to investigators. The French ship has managed to bring out a few pieces of the helicopter but heavy metal objects are presenting a serious challenge to that task. There have been different alternatives on the cause of the crash though experts say the total truth will remain unknown, or buried together with the dead persons. There has been an increasing rumor of either air turbulence or human error.
No bodies have been recovered or are believed to have been recovered even after the operation. Albanian authorities are prepared to hold the funeral ceremony on a ship in the sea, some 40 miles from Durres. The Pashko family have declared Saturday as their funeral day and the family of the dead doctor will hold his funeral on Thursday.
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                    [post_content] => POGRADEC, Aug. 4 - German ambassador Hans Peter Annen and Swiss ambassador Erich Pircher pledged their commitment to add investment from their countries into town of Pogradec and Korca as well. During a visit to the town on Friday they also checked their governments' funding for a water supply system that will supply water non-stop to the town. Korca and Pogradeci are priorities in German investment and aid in the country, the German ambassador said. The Swiss ambassador said that this joint project would encourage other investment in the area in the future. German KfW bank and the Swiss Seco one have invested 21 million euros for the water supply system and the other networks in Pogradec. The water supply part of the project is expected to be completed in September.
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                    [post_content] => DURRES, Aug. 7 - Durres police have blocked some 1,000 cars and motorbikes that have been blocked for driving mistakes and lack of proper documentation over the years, and the fines have not been paid. Some 650 cars have been parked at the Rrashbull police station while 302 cars and 41 motorbikes are in Shkozet. Out of them only 136 have been involved in different penal cases and consequently sequestered from police. Many of them have been blocked since 1993 for lack of proper documentation, that is, for being illegally trafficked into Albania. They have been allegedly stolen in different countries and brought to be sold here. After so many years their owners have stopped asking about them, because the daily fine for them which is the 300 lek per day parking fee brings the total amount higher than the original amount of money they had to pay as a fine. At the same time they are not in good condition after staying for so long without being driven and exposed to sun and rain. They have also created an unpleasant situation at the place where they are parked. In Shkozet they create a problem in an area that is being daily changed by new construction. They also involve a considerable number of police forces to guard them. According to the law, unless the fine is paid within three months the vehicles may be sold by official authorities in an auction. But the legal context has not yet been fully approved for such a procedure. In neighboring Kruja town police have rented an area to shelter 50 blocked cars. Police authorities are preparing a law package that must first be passed by the government and then by parliament in order to enable the police to resolve the problem.
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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, Aug. 8 - Interior Minister Sokol Olldashi on Tuesday offered the hand of reconciliation to the opposition in the improvement of the temporary voters' list that will be used in the upcoming local government elections expected to be held early next year. But the problem is not simple and is difficult to resolve: the opposition does not accept going to the polls using the voters' list that was used during the general elections in 2005 saying it is easy for the government to use it to their own advantage.
Olldashi said that the discs of the register with the names of the voters would be put at the disposal of experts offered from the opposition so that they could check, verify and regulate them. "We are totally ready to put at their disposal, at any time, any material on the preparation of the lists," said Olldashi, adding they would also cope with any financial cost for that process.
The voters' list has some 133,000 names mentioned in two places, according to Olldashi. Voters are required to be registered at only one place where they stay for 45 days. But the process has not convinced the opposition that says they may boycott local polls next year.
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                    [post_content] => PEQIN, Aug. 8 - Two sisters at the village of Lolaj near Peqin town were drowned Tuesday at a reservoir while they were swimming, police reported. Kadrie and Irena Qefalia, 9 and 16 years respectively, from the Bishqem village, were drowned at a reservoir in Lolaj where they had gone for a visit to their relative. Their relative Ada Xhaja survived after being urgently assisted by local people and taken to the nearby hospital at Lushnja. The elder suister Irena threw herself into the water to save her younger sister who was shouting she was drowning but she also sank into the small water reservoir.
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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, Aug. 9 -  Wednesday the Albanian government turned down media reports on the lack of transparency in some direct procurements committed during the past months. The government press office issued a statement against an article in Panorama newspaper Monday saying that all procurements had all the required transparency and were public at the internet web site. Mentioned was a KESH purchase of electricity with $24 million in November 2005, at the height of the power crisis in the country. The statement said that parts of the procurements were made to close details of contracts signed from the previous Socialist government in a total of $2 million. It also mentioned a direct procurement process of $12 million to buy helicopters for the Defense Ministry. There was another case of some $5 million for different buying of goods from some public or state-owned companies. The government said that more than 94 percent of the procurements were held with open tenders and direct procurements were reduced to 25 percent from a previous 80 percent.
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            [post_content] => TIRANA, Aug. 9 - Despite successes achieved during the first half this year police say they have to intensify the fight against organized crime, terrorism and corruption in the future. The fight against drug trafficking remains a top priority for them. Police priorities in the future will be to create a national center for collecting data on drugs and preparing the proper legislation. Police are also to prepare a draft of the law concerning the fight against terrorism and procedures that follow that. Fighting human trafficking remains another top issue. Improving police image before the public opinion is a new goal that police have to deal with. Border control remains a priority issue in the context of the country's integration into the European Union and NATO.
All these were mentioned Wednesday at a meeting analyzing police results during the first half of this year. Police spokesman Bajram Ibraj noted some results of his institution that had as its main goals increasing public security, and fighting criminality, organized crime and corruption. Ibraj said that murders and sexual crimes had fallen and police discovery capabilities had increased. Ibraj mentioned that 56 criminal groups were hit this year and 879 persons were arrested involved with them. There have been 188 cases of drug trafficking. Giving figures, Ibraj said there have been 1,143 criminal cases and 1,092 of them were discovered by the police. Police have sequestered 81 kg of heroin; 17.8 gr. of methadone; 1.3 kg of cocaine; 2,378 kg of marijuana/hashish; and 0.95 litres of hashish oil. 24,279 cannabis plants and 580 poppy plants have been destroyed. Police have been involved in seven operations with their international colleagues from Turkey, Italy and Germany. Police have identified 672 cases of money laundering, mainly in the illegal trafficking of cigarette packages, coffee, sheep and livestock, mobile phones and gold. During this period police have identified 4,517 crimes and 879 persons at large have been arrested. There have been 44 murders down from 57 in the same period last year but suicides increased to 108 and 59 attempted suicides. Car theft has lowered from 322 in 2005 to 302 this year. But there has been noted an increase in shopthefts from 332 to 408 and home thefts from 282 to 301 this year. Most of them were in Tirana. Road accidents have decreased to 121 deaths from 156 deaths in 2005 in 418 accidents.The number of road accidents is a great concern, said Ibraj, who also added his concern about the increased number of children and teenagers involved in crime. He also appealed for more public awareness against crime in the family.
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