U.S. Embassy Statement

The U.S. Embassy welcomes the progress made by Albania in its fight against organized crime and corruption.

The court decision to place Saimir Tahiri under house arrest is a sign that this important corruption case will be decided fairly and transparently in the courts. The arrest of Met Kanani in Turkey and 14 members of his criminal gang in Albania is a sign of the seriousness of the police and prosecutors to target organized crime. Finally, the arrest of suspected cocaine trafficker Arbër Çekaj in Germany and his requested extradition to Albania is a sign that impunity is over for criminal bosses in this country.

We applaud the difficult and courageous work of Albanian State Police, Serious Crimes Prosecutors and Serious Crime Judges.