Environmental crimes will be fought, says the Albanian PM

Environmental crimes will be fought, says the Albanian PM

Tirana, August 25, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency

In a meeting held with heads of police in the country, in relation to stop illegal constructions, prime minister Edi Rama said that environmental crime is the harshest form of criminality.

He said that the Albanian government has charged State Police to include environment crime in its work.

The head of the government thanked all police officers engaged during the tourist season, adding that the contribution that they have given has reduced the number of murders by 30% compared to a year ago, while adding that compared to a year ago, there’s also a fall of armed robberies by 75% in tourist areas and road segments. He said that there’s also been a 29% fall in the number of road accident victims.

According to Rama, Albania finds itself in circumstances of total informality, where unlawful constructions have turned into a barbed wire fence alongside the sea coast, adding that the government has decided to launch the second phase of this battle and mobilize all police officers in order to identify unlawful constructions and act like they act for every other type of crime.

Earlier, minister of Interior, Sajmir Tahiri said that there’s not even a single kilometer in the country without illegal constructions.

“Police priority will consist on criminal offenses which relate to unlawful constructions and crime against environment. Those who built without permits, will have perpetrated a crime against everyone and will be held accountable”, said Tahiri. /ibna/