The New Year starts with serious crimes in Albania, they prompt a political debate

The New Year starts with serious crimes in Albania, they prompt a political debate

Tirana, 4 January 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Edison Kurani

The early hours of the New Year 2016 started with a number of killings and fatal accidents in Albania, including robberies of unprotected people inside of their homes.

These events have turned into an object of political debate. Opposition accuses the government of being unable to maintain order and protect the life of the citizens. Ministry of Interior says that the opposition is slandering.

Killings and violent robberies

The first day of 2016 started with a domestic crime. In Saranda, the husband killed his wife in front of their 22 year old daughter and then killed himself. This scene shocked the daughter who ended up in hospital in a true state of depression.

The 20 year old brother ended up in the same situation when he learned about the scary event.

The murdered woman had taken out a restraint order from the court against her husband as a result of the violence that he exerted on her. But this didn’t prevent the husband to take her life in front of the children.

A few hours later in Shkoder, a man executes two brothers, one of who had just returned from abroad. Police tried to arrest him, but to no avail. While special forces are looking for the armed man, in Tirana, a member of these forces saw his house take fire in what is believed to be intentional arson.

At the same time, in Lezha, a former road police officer was gunned down. Police said that they have not arrested the perpetrators of this crime.

Two days into the New Year, in the center of the city of Elbasan, an elderly couple who had been working in their bakery for many years, were slaughtered in their home by two robbers who stole one thousand euros from them.

In Kavaja, a 31 year old man lost his life, after being gunned down in circumstances which are not yet clear. Meanwhile, in Korca, a young woman was kidnapped and was held under captivity several days. The captor aimed at having his son released from prison in exchange of her freedom. According to him, this could be done if the girl withdraw her charges for his son.

In the meantime, in the early hours of the New Year, seven people lost their life and several others remained wounded in several road accidents.

Opposition: Law and order has worsened

The head of the Department for Order and Security at the Democratic Party, Enkelejd Alibeaj, says that this dramatic toll marked at the start of the year in our country, once again shows the worsening of law and order in the country. He called on the heads of police “to take prompt measures in order to offer the necessary protection to victims of domestic crime, to prevent road accidents and boost prevention capacity through intelligence services”.

The opposition launches an appeal for the Albanian police forces: “The Democratic Party encourages police forces, who although they feel betrayed by the minister of Interior, labeled by all partner countries as collaborator with traffickers, to continue their work with commitment in order to serve to the citizens and guarantee law and order”.

Ministry of Interior: Political attacks

Ministry of Interior considers the opposition’s accusations for the worsening of law and order in the country, following several serious events marked at the start of the year, as mere lies. According to the Ministry of Interior, the opposition “started this year in the same way it ended last year, with lies and attacks against State Police and Ministry of Interior”.

Meanwhile, this ministry doesn’t comment the crimes occurred in the early hours of this year, while saying that “the results of the fight against informality, unlawfulness and criminality, are evident and over one thousand press conferences delivered by the opposition, could not conceal them”.

For the Ministry of Interior, “political attacks of this kind are the best confirmation that we are in the right path to offering more justice, more peace and more security to Albania”.

Citizens feel unsafe

While politics has been engulfed in mutual accusations, many people believe that “crime has gone out of control”.

They believe that the situation is and continues to be unsafe.

“This year has started in a scary way. People are killed in the middle of the road. Women are slaughtered to death although the court protects them. All of this makes us fear that what has happened to these people, may happen to us too”, says Ardit, a 37 year old man who works in a private bank in Tirana.

Eleonora is a 32 year old architect in Elbasan. She says that she was really terrified by the couple who was violently robbed. “It’s terrible to hear that robbers have broken in a home, massacred the wife and scare the hell out of the husband and that both of them are struggling with death now in hospital. They were my neighbors and I have been eating bread from their bakery all these years. The entire city knows them. I’m surprised how the state has not yet caught them”, she says irritated

Other citizens too say that such events cause an atmosphere of insecurity in the country. They suggest that police must work more to prevent crimes in the country. /ibna/