The entire attention of the Albanian media and public opinion is concentrated on the trial of the former interior minister, Saimir Tahiri.
Today, starting with the 16: 00, the Albanian Assize Court met to issue the final verdict on the "Habilaj" case. During the court hearing, Tahiri strongly claimed to be innocent showing various evidence including a photo with Prime Minister Edi Rama in a bar on Mount Dajti.
The former interior minister has been accused of three serious crimes: "corruption of high officials", "competition in drug trafficking" and "structured criminal group" in the "Habilaj" file.
The prosecution asked 12 years of imprisonment for former interior minister Saimir Tahiri. Request that 8 will drop to years for the request for the abbreviated trial process.
The verdict of the Albanian Assize Court
After two years of investigation, the Albanian Assize Court pronounced the much awaited decision against Saimir Tahiri, condemning it only for abuse of office.
The court convicted the former interior minister with 5 years in prison, then became 3,4 years for the abridged trial request. However, the court then decided to convert the sentence into three years of probation in social services as well as the fact that for five years Tahiri will not be able to perform public functions or tasks.
In light of all the evidence presented by the prosecution, the Court decided that there was no evidence involving the former minister in the drug trafficking contest with the criminal group "Habilaj".
Similarly, with reference to the interception of the Italian prosecutor's office in which the Habilaj discuss a gift to give to the then Minister Tahiri, the Court declared that there is not enough evidence to reconnect these "gifts" to Tahiri.
The accusation of abuse of office
According to the prosecutor's office for serious crimes, in the capture of the fishing boat "Fatima" - which was carrying drugs - in Italy in the 2015, senior state officials and the Albanian police did not act to prevent drug trafficking from Albania.
The same position of the Italian finance guard who then declared in his reports that the senior Albanian officials and the interior minister of the time - that is Saimir Tahiri - had not intervened to prevent traffic.