The Minister for Justice, Etilda Gjonaj, today received a visit from the Italian national prosecutor of the anti-mafia and anti-terrorist direction, Federico Cafiero De Raho, with whom he implemented a series of institutional collaborations aimed at fighting organized crime and terrorism.
In a joint press release published before the conference organized by the Ministry of Justice, Minister Gjonaj underlined how this collaboration has been extended to a series of aspects concerning national and international organized crime.
One of the main projects between the Albanian Ministry of Justice and the Italian anti-mafia concern the special detention regime 41-bis, considered very effective in Italy.
The press conference
"Our collaboration with the Italian antimafia is solid and extended to a series of aspects concerning national and international organized crime: bilateral collaboration in joint investigative groups, the exchange of skills and data, as well as administration, management and the use of seized and confiscated assets.
Among the main priorities of the Albanian government is the fight against organized crime through all the legal and institutional instruments, including the interruption of the operational contacts of the defendants, convicted or suspects. In this sense, one of the systems considered most effective in Italy, borrowed from Albania for the fight against organized crime and terrorism, is the special detention regime 41-bis.
When we talk about responding to organized crime, collaboration between national and regional institutions is fundamental, as is the strengthening of legal mechanisms and the professional training of our law enforcement agencies.
We are currently in the final phase of implementing the special high security regime in prisons. According to our assessments and based on the Italian experience, the special 41-bis regime is an indispensable tool to neutralize the ties of the condemned, accused or suspects with criminal organizations outside prisons.
Organized crime has proven to be able to act beyond any barriers and isolation regimes, with sophisticated means and contacts facilitated by the products of crime. The 41-bis regime was drafted by our experts respecting the rights and freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution and in accordance with the jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights.
Precisely for these reasons, it is expected that the 41-bis regime will be reviewed and re-evaluated during its attention for each of the detainees, in order to ensure a fair balance between the need to interrupt detainee ties with criminal organizations and the realization of rehabilitation of the prisoner and his reintegration into society."- Minister Gjonaj said at the joint press conference.
Federico Cafiero De Raho
"The legislation on registration and confiscation is extremely important, as is the destination of these assets. He takes off from the criminals and gives it to the people, to the young. If crime is enriched, one day this wealth will be taken away. Confiscation is a powerful weapon against crime. By confiscating their wealth, we make these organizations unable to act.
But above all, a special type of treatment is necessary for the prisoners of this category, in such a way as to prevent these subjects from maintaining the command of the criminal group and at the same time being an example for all the others.
I thank Minister Gjonaj for fighting crime: the priority is the fight against the mafias. Today, organized crime extends its influence beyond the borders of the country of origin. For this reason, it has become necessary to collaborate between Albania and Italy, focusing on the fight against Albanian organized crime."- said the anti-mafia prosecutor De Raho.
Kënaqësi të prisja Prokurorin Kombëtar të Drejtorisë Antimafia dhe Antiterrorizëm në Itali, Z. Federico Cafiero De Raho, ...
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