Security increased after alleged threat on opposition leader’s life

Tirana Times
By Tirana Times April 14, 2017 21:06

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  • President Nishani said in a televised interview that he could not go into detail due to the sensitive nature of the of the issue, but confirmed Basha’s security had been increased due to a threat being “seriously considered by the main law enforcement agencies in the country.”

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TIRANA, April 14 – Albania’s highest authorities, including the country’s president and prime minister, have confirmed they had received information on a possible threat to the life of the country’s opposition leader, Lulzim Basha.

President Bujar Nishani and Prime Minister Edi Rama confirmed they had information on a possible plot while answering questions from the media.

President Nishani said in a televised interview that he could not go into detail due to the sensitive nature of the of the issue, but confirmed Basha’s security had been increased due to a threat being “seriously considered by the main law enforcement agencies in the country.”

“The security of the main political actors, especially in very tense political situations that may escalate into social tensions, is a very serious element,” President Nishani said in his interview. “We must never neglect the fact that in addition to our friends, there are also many actors who work and invest with the aim to destabilize Albania and to destabilize the region.”

Prime Minister Rama said in a press conference he had been informed about the possible threat and added that the state was making all available resources available to make sure the opposition leader is protected. However, Rama added, he wasn’t sure the threat was very credible.

“There was information that was treated with the utmost seriousness, and despite the fact that the expertise shows that the information is not sufficiently reliable and the source is contradictory, are taking all measures as if it was something that is true. Because certainly security of all people, and without a doubt that of the chairman of the Democratic Party, is the number one priority.”

Albanian opposition leaders are usually protected by body guards from same high-level force that protects top state authorities, the Guard of the Republic, and Basha has recently been seen to have an additional unit assigned to him, according to local media.

Many Albanian media outlets have published articles on a possible scenario that aims at destabilizing the country, with consequences in the region at a moment of high political tension, as the opposition is protesting for two months in front of the prime minister’s office. It is seeking the resignation of Rama and a caretaker government to organize the upcoming general elections.

Basha himself has not made a statement on the matter.

Several Albanian media outlets reported that the information had come from foreign intelligence officials who had forwarded it to their Albanian counterparts, who then quickly informed the state’s highest authorities, including the president, prime minister and the minister of the interior.

The information indicated paid assassins from abroad would try to eliminate the Albanian opposition leader, according to the local media reports.

Tirana Times
By Tirana Times April 14, 2017 21:06