Albanian prosecutors order arrest of Himare mayor for alleged corruption

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Albanian prosecutors said Saturday they ordered the arrest of the mayor of a seaside tourist town in the country's south on corruption charges.

The Special Court Against Corruption and Organized Crime, which handles cases involving senior officials, ordered the arrest of Jorgo Goro, the mayor of Himare. He was charged with abuse of power for allegedly creating fake documents to obtain government land for a former member of parliament who planned to build a private tourist resort there.

Another person was arrested and three other officials with the Himare and Vlore municipalities were placed under house arrest. The five face up to seven years in prison if found guilty.

There was no immediate comment from Goro or his lawyer Saturday.

Goro had been accused by imprisoned politician Fredi Beleri of producing the fake documents regarding the 5,512 square-meter...

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