Albanian police director suspended over wiretapping device scandal

By bne IntelliNews June 8, 2016

The general director of the Albanian police, Haki Cako, has been suspended from duty by a Tirana court, pending an investigation into the use of a wiretapping device allegedly for illegal purposes.

The issue was raised in May by the main opposition Democratic Party (DP), which accused the police and Interior Minister Saimir Tahiri of spying on DP leader Lulzim Basha, state officials, opposition members and a number of journalists and ambassadors.

The suspension was requested by the Prosecution Office, Albanian Daily News reported on June 7.

Cako was accused of not taking measures to guarantee the equipment, which bypassed customs and did not receive the required authorisation from the prosecutor general, was imported legally.

Cako denied that the equipment was used for illegal purposes. Tahiri and Cako said at the time that the police have never possessed any such device.

House arrest was imposed for the police’s operational forces chief, Artion Duka, and the operational forces specialist Ention Xhelilaj, the article said.

In May, Basha asked both Tahiri and Cako to resign to open the way for a proper investigation. 

The investigation by prosecutors started in mid-May and is still ongoing.

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