Agim Kajmaku, former mayor of the small town of Vora (near Tirana) and wanted by the authorities since 9 November 2019, was arrested yesterday, 7 July, at a private hospital in Tirana, where he had gone in serious conditions to cause of diabetes.
Kajmaku was wanted in relation toaccuses of declaring false about his criminal record and for having falsified the mayor's seal on some official documents.
The question concerning Kajmaku was made public initially by the Democratic Party, which asked the General Prosecutor's Office to verify the figure of Kajmaku.
On 28 October, the prosecutor replied to the Democratic Party informing him that, from the checks carried out in the Interpol office in Athens, a full correspondence was found between the prints of Agim Kajmaku and those of the citizen Jorgo Toro stored in the database.
According to the prosecutor's office, Kajmaku was fully aware that he had been under criminal investigation in Greece and had faced criminal proceedings, as he was arrested and brought before a court. Furthermore, the prosecutor underlined that Kajmaku acted concretely to hide the case from the Albanian authorities, not only modifying the name and surname but also and above all not declaring the fact in the "anti-crime form".
Released for health reasons
Today, however, the Court of Appeal released Agim Kajmaku changing his precautionary measure from "arrest in prison" to "obligation to appear in court" pending trial. According to Kajmaku's lawyer, the same accusation would have required this change given the health of the former mayor of Vora:
"The court today found the defense's request to change Mr. Agim Kajmaku's precautionary measure from "arrest in prison" to "obligation to appear in court" to be fair. This request was also partially supported by the prosecution. From today, Mr. Kajmaku is free."- Agim Kajmaku's defense attorney, Isuf Shehu, told the press.
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