Court of Appeals rules former DP MP’s arrest was “illegal”

Tirana Times
By Tirana Times July 12, 2019 08:25

Court of Appeals rules former DP MP’s arrest was “illegal”

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  • Spahia was arrested last month after the protest of a group of opposition supporters at Shkodra’s Commission of Electoral Administration Zone (KZAZ), located at the “Shejnaze Juka” High School, where he was accused of opposing police officers and damaging election materials.

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TIRANA, July 12 – Shkodra’s Court of Appeals ruled on Thursday that the arrest of former opposition Democratic Party MP Bardh Spahia on June, was illegal.  

Spahia was arrested last month after the protest of a group of opposition supporters at Shkodra’s Commission of Electoral Administration Zone (KZAZ), located at the “Shejnaze Juka” High School, where he was accused of opposing police officers and damaging election materials.

Spahia was further accused by the police of “destroying property with fire,” “contradiction of police officer,” “threatening one’s duty,” and “disobedience to police orders regarding public safety.” 

Three days after the arrest, Shkodra’s First Instance Court sentenced Bardhi to house arrest, but the Court of Appeals changed this security measure on Thursday into “obligation to appear in front of the court.”

Five more people were arrested for damaging voting material’s at Shkodra’s KZAZ, while 14 other protesters were declared wanted by the police. 

Shkodra was one of the municipalities that recognized President Ilir Meta’s decision to cancel June 30 as the local elections’ date due to their illegitimacy in context of the opposition’s complete withdrawal from the parliament and refusal to participate into what it calls “rigged elections.” 

In this context, Shkodra DP Mayor Voltana Ademi has publicly announced after the local elections took place on June 30 – amind low voter turnout and many irregularities counted – that she would not be “handing in” the municipality to Socialist Prime Minister Edi Rama. 

Spahia lawyers described his arrest as political, while claiming they would seek compensation for the period spent in detention. 

 

Tirana Times
By Tirana Times July 12, 2019 08:25