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Albanian court clears police in protesters deaths, ruling criticized by United States
By Associated Press,
TIRANA, Albania An Albanian court acquitted two senior police officers on Thursday of shooting dead four opposition supporters during an anti-government protest in 2011.
The ruling was bluntly criticized by the United States, which provided assistance in the forensic investigation, and was met with outrage by Albanias political opposition, fueling the countrys rising political tensions ahead of its June 23 general election.
The Socialist opposition party walked out of Parliament in protest Thursday, and the son of one of the dead hinted that relatives could take the matter into their own hands in accordance with Albanias long history of vendettas.
Tradition says that blood is paid with blood, the son, Renato Myrtaj, told the private News 24 television station.
Presiding judge Besnik Hoxha said prosecutors were unable to prove the charges against Ndrea Prendi, head of the elite Republican Guard, and Agim Llupo, a senior officer in the unit. A third officer was acquitted of concealing evidence about the Jan. 21, 2011, shootings.
Prendi and Llupo were charged with the murder of Faik Myrtaj, Hekuran Deda and Ziver Veizi; no one has been charged in the death of the fourth protester, Aleks Nika.
An investigation found that police bullets killed four men at a Socialist Party protest against alleged corruption and vote-rigging by Prime Minister Sali Berishas government. Prendi and Llupo admitted firing shots in the air, but denied hitting anyone.
Berisha declined to respond to the ruling Thursday, saying he would never comment on a court verdict.
The opposition has accused Berisha of authorizing police to use lethal force at the protest a claim the prime minister rejects.
I assure the families of the four martyrs that their deaths cannot be forgotten … until a fair verdict is obtained, Socialist Party leader Edi Rama said.
When justice speaks, you should keep silent, responded Parliament Speaker Jozefina Topalli, a governing Democratic Party lawmaker…..
The new US Statedepartment Report:
US Statedepartment 2011 Human Rights Report Albania (May 24, 2012)
Albanian a joking court and justiz system: Many judges issue rulings that do not appear to have any basis in law or fact, leading some to believe that the only plausible explanation is corruption or political pressure.
2011 Human Rights Report Albania (May 24, 20
The government prosecuted corrupt officials and managed complaints regarding corrupt police through the ombudsman and the Internal Control Service of the Albanian State Police. However, broad immunity provisions for judges, members of parliament, and other high-level officials prohibit not only prosecution but any use of investigative measures, hindering the governments ability to prosecute high-level corruption.
The governments task force against organized crime coordinated anticorruption activities. The prime minister headed the task force, which included several ministers and heads of independent state-owned agencies, such as the public electricity company, and representatives of the police and intelligence organizations.
Corruption in the judiciary is pervasive. Many judges issue rulings that do not appear to have any basis in law or fact, leading some to believe that the only plausible explanation is corruption or political pressure. Broad immunity enjoyed by judges prohibits prosecutors from investigating corruption allegations until they make a public request to the High Council of Justice to lift the accused judges immunity, and receive its approval. Few judges have been prosecuted for corruption because most criminal investigations must remain secret, at least initially, in order to be successful.
U.S. Embassy Statement on January 21st Verdicts (February 6, 2013)
We are dismayed by the decision of the Tirana District Court to acquit the two defendants who stood trial on charges related to the deaths of three civilian protestors on January 21, 2011.
Shortly after January 21, 2011, the United States, as a friend and supporter of the Albanian people, responded to an urgent request by the Government of Albania and the Office of the Prosecutor General for assistance in investigating the killings. The United States provided extensive assistance, including expertise from the world-class Federal Bureau of Investigation Crime Lab. Throughout the adjudication of this case, the United States has repeatedly and consistently called for a thorough, comprehensive and objective investigation and judicial process. Regrettably, todays verdict has undermined confidence in the ability and willingness of the Albanian judicial system to deliver justice in an impartial, transparent manner.
08 Feb 13
Albanian Judges Accuse US of Interference
Three Albanian judges, who acquitted two Republican Guard officers of the killings of three protesters in the January 21, 2011 riots, have accused the United States of interfering in the case.
Ndrea Prendi, former head of the elite Republican Guard who, with another officer, an Albanian court acquitted of charges they shot dead three opposition supporters during an anti-government protest two years ago | Photo : AP/Hektor Pustina
The accusations come after the US embassy in Tirana expressed shock over the verdict, which has caused uproar in Albania, too.
The embassy statement is troubling because it interferes in the judicial process, the judges‘ panel said.
Such statements can create prejudices toward this impartial verdict, they added.
Tiranas District Court on Thursday rejected murder charges against General Nrea Prendi, former head of the Republican Guard, and Agim Llupo, former chief of staff of a special unit of the Republican Guard, arguing that there were was insufficient evidence to convict them.
According to prosecutors, Llupo aimed at, and shot dead, two protesters during the January 2011 rally, while Prendi shot with his pistol toward the crowd 11 times, killing one person. Four protesters in total died in the rally and seven others were wounded, including a TV reporter.
The prosecutors conclusions were backed by ballistics evidence, including expertise from the FBI Crime Lab.
On Thursday, the US embassy in Tirana said the verdict raised questions about the independence of the judiciary in Albania.
We are dismayed by the decision of the Tirana District Court to acquit the two defendants who stood trial on charges related to the deaths of three civilian protestors on January 21, 2011, the embassy said.
Regrettably, todays verdict has undermined confidence in the ability and willingness of the Albanian judicial system to deliver justice in an impartial, transparent manner, it added.