Seiti, “Financier” of the Habilaj Gang, Released on House Arrest

The Catania Court has decided to reduce the remand in the case of Nezar Seiti, the “financier” of the Habilaj gang, from “awaiting trial in prison” to “house arrest.”

Seiti was arrested in October 2017 in Babica, Vlora, during a police operation during which 4.5 tons of cannabis were seizes, property of the Habilaj gang. During his interrogation by the Albanian prosecutor, Seiti acknowledged his links with the Habilaj brothers but refused to discuss anything related to his involvement in international drug trafficking. The conversations intercepted by the Albanian and Italian prosecution, some of which were made public last year, feature Seiti discussing with Moisi Habilaj a sum of €200,000 in exchange for the liberation of a third person, with the pseudonym “Maloku.” These conversations also showed that Seiti was responsible for purchasing motorboats for transporting the drugs and managed the gang’s “finances.”Although he was being investigated by the Serious Crimes Prosecution Office and was assigned an “awaiting trial in prison” remand by an Albanian court, Nezar Seiti was illegally extradited to Italy on January 25, 2018

In Catania, Seiti, alongside Moisi Habilaj and six others, is facing charges of international drug trafficking. Meanwhile, in Albania, former Minister of Interior Affairs Saimir Tahiri is suspected to have collaborated with them.