The tug of war over Beleri

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis (r) talks with Albania's Prime Minister Edi Rama during their meeting on the sidelines of the NATO summit in Vilnius, on July 11. [Dimitris Papamitsos/Prime Minister's Press Office]

As anticipated, the recent meeting between Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and his Albanian counterpart Edi Rama on the sidelines of the NATO summit in Vilnius did not yield any significant progress regarding the case of ethnic Greek mayor-elect Fredi Beleri in Himare, southern Albania. Beleri has been detained in an Albanian prison since his arrest shortly before the local elections in the country.

The Greek prime minister requested Beleri's immediate release. Rama distanced himself from the matter, responding that it falls within the jurisdiction of the judiciary and he cannot compromise the independence of the country's legal system.

As a consequence, the minority mayor will remain in custody until the judicial authorities conclude their investigations, for which no definitive date has been provided.

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