Xhuvani gets 35 years for night club murders

Tirana Times
By Tirana Times March 11, 2015 10:55
Kostandin Xhuvani

Kostandin Xhuvani

TIRANA, March 10 – A Tirana court has sentenced 25-year-old Konstandin Xhuvani to 35 years imprisonment for killing four people at a nightclub in Tirana last year.

Judge Sokol Tona of the Tirana Court ruled that Xhuvani is to serve the full sentence without the opportunity for parole or a later pardon. Xhuvani is also to serve the entire term at a high-security prison under the sentencing rules.

Prosecutors had originally asked for life imprisonment, the highest sentence in Albania, but Xhuvani profited from a scheme that allows for a speedier trial and lower sentence if the accused pleads guilty.

Xhuvani has said in a letter to the court that he killed four people last November, including one of his friends by mistake, “under the effects of drugs and alcohol,” following a quarrel at a night club on Elbasan Street.

Xhuvani’s case shocked public opinion and led to the resignation from parliament of his mother, Luiza Xhuvani, 50, an Albanian film and theater star and then-governing Socialist party lawmaker.

Tirana Times
By Tirana Times March 11, 2015 10:55