U.S. Embassy Statement

Yesterday’s verdict against former Minister of Interior Saimir Tahiri demonstrates the growing independence of the judiciary and the beginning of the end of impunity for the well-connected. While Mr. Tahiri’s conviction on abuse of office charges signals an important step forward, the sentencing is discouraging given the seriousness of the charges. Those who abuse the public trust and violate the law should face meaningful consequences. The United States will continue to partner with Albania in support of further progress on justice reform, transparency, and good governance.