Albanian General Prosecutor Olsian Çela has stated that the city of Elbasan is being controlled by criminal gangs.
“The level of serious and organized crime [activity] is increasing in Elbasan. It’s been noticed that crime is controlling the city and its economic life,” Çela told prosecutors and police officers during a meeting on Monday in Elbasan.
The General Prosecutor added that crime is deeply rooted in the city and urged for “exemplary reaction” by state authorities.
“They require special attention and exemplary answers from the state. A city cannot be turned into a place for gang warfare. What’s going on here is the tip of the iceberg. Neither Elbasan nor other cities can be taken hostage by these groups,” Çela stated.