Six months after the Socialist party used the parliamentary majority to block its request for arrest for drug smuggling, the Albanian interior minister, Saimir Tahiri, resigned his resignation this morning and consequently lost immunity from arrests
"Until the day when the whole truth is announced, I will no longer be a deputy but an ordinary citizen"- said Tahiri in a long speech in which he also accused his own party of treason.
Saimir Tahiri, 39 years, was elected for the first time parliamentary on the list of the socialist party in the 2009 to then become interior minister in the 2013, in the first government of Edi Rama. He became famous in the 2014 for the blitz he ordered in the notorious village of Lazarat, known as the capital of European cannabis; the operation made him highly praised by analysts and political experts, who pointed him out as a possible successor to Edi Rama as head of the socialist party.
Moreover, the operation became famous also in Italy since the editorial staff of "Le Iene" took care of it personally with the envoy Luigi Pelazza, who went to Lazarat to describe the situation and interview the mayor of the city.
Saimir Tahiri was accused in the 2017, as he was repeatedly mentioned in wiretapping of gangs and criminal organizations on drug trafficking. Later, the Albanian public prosecutors asked the parliament for permission to arrest him; however, the majority of the socialist party rejected the request as 'unfounded'.
Despite this, Rama has faced increasing pressure on his position regarding the problem. Last week, when he went to Germany hoping to get their support in the opening of official Albanian negotiations with the EU, German MPs questioned him about Tahiri's request for arrest. In Albania, in fact, the issue has been interpreted as a possible setback for the hopes of European integration of the country:
"As a common citizen, I will face prosecutors, courts, justice and the law. And I will do the same with the political clowns who have hurt this country”- the Saimir Tahiri question was expressed in this way.