‘I Might Buy it All’: Albania Fights Losing Battle against Money Laundering

Shkodra local Kastrati was arrested in Denmark, where he goes by the name Sokol Krasniqi, in June 2019 during an operation codenamed Goldfinger involving some 30 people accused of trafficking at least 1.65 tonnes of cocaine from the Netherlands to Denmark and Sweden.

Albania Opposition Leader Faces Money Laundering Charges

The leader of Albania's opposition Democratic Party, Lulzim Basha, has been ordered to appear before prosecutors on Monday to answer questions in a case related to payments that his party made to US lobbying firm Muzin Capitol Partners that were not declared in Albania.

Two other members of the Democratic Party, Arben Ristani and Ilir Dervishi, have also been summoned.

Albania Stages Major Operations Targeting Crime Gangs

Multiple police operations were staged on Sunday across Albania, with officers arresting more than two dozen people suspected of drug smuggling and confiscating guns and narcotics, police and prosecutors announced on Monday in Tirana.

The head of the Serious Crime Prosecution Office, Donika Prela, said the investigation started back in 2016 and was then extended across the country.

Albanian MP's Brother Convicted of Murdering Policeman

Arben Frroku is believed to have fled Albania following the Serious Crimes Court's first instance ruling on April 3rd, which found him not guilty of the murder of a policeman.

Genc Gjokutaj, his lawyer, said that the court had been under political pressure and he would appeal to the Supreme Court.