Armed clash with one dead in Bllok area highlights capital’s underground criminal activity

Tirana Times
By Tirana Times October 8, 2018 15:18

Armed clash with one dead in Bllok area highlights capital’s underground criminal activity

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  • Martinaj was injured along with Eljon Hato, the latter in critical condition, while Fabiol Gaxha, Martinaj’s bodyguard, took a bullet on the head, which instantly killed him.

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TIRANA, Oct. 8 – One person was killed and two more were injured on Thursday night in Tirana, at the main bars and restaurants crowded area known as Blloku, for reasons still unclear.

Erivs Martinaj – a well-known figure for the Albanian police and justice system – was in the premises of the bar and was shot upon.

Martinaj was injured along with Eljon Hato, the latter in critical condition, while Fabiol Gaxha, Martinaj’s bodyguard, took a bullet on the head, which instantly killed him.

Both Martinaj and Hato were arrested by the police in context of the case’s investigation, while Ervin Mata, 31 years old, Fabjol Alushi, 42 years old, and Merviol Bilo, 41 years old, are now wanted by the police.

All three are suspected of being involved in the fight that led to Gaxha’s death. Bilo, a member of the Army’s Commando Force, is suspected to be the person who gunned down Gaxha.

Bilo simultaneously turned out to be the bodyguard of a famous Albanian singer – the assault against her being considered as a lead for what caused the armed clash between the groups. However, prosecutors have reason to believe the clash was at heart linked with unfinished business in the criminal activities between the groups.  

Martinaj was among the persons involved in a murder that occurred in a cafe on the outskirts of Tirana, near the road to Dajti, in November 2015.

Although the prosecution proposed a sentence of more than 20 years of imprisonment for Martinaj and his collaborators, the Tirana court dismissed the accusation of “premeditated murder in co-operation” by punishing the murder’s author and giving light sentences to Martinaj and two other persons with the justification that it was a murder that was born of an instant conflict.

Martinaj is currently running his own betting chain in Albania, among other private enterprises, while local media have reported that Hato was supposed to be in prison, from where,in 2014, he ordered the murder of a doctor in Shkodra.

The details of the case are still unclear and subject to change as police is investigating the case for the underlying criminal activities of the bands.

 

Tirana Times
By Tirana Times October 8, 2018 15:18