Former Prosecutor General Adriatik Llalla will be tried for non-declaration of income.
The decision was taken yesterday by SPAK, which in the preliminary session decided to send the case of former Chief Prosecutor Llalla to trial. A few days ago, the prosecution presented new evidence which was considered by the court and resulted in the new charge.
In March 2020, SPAK charged him with concealing assets and private interests. They dropped more serious charges of abuse of office and money laundering. Following the conclusion of preliminary investigations, they charged him with “refusal for declaration, non-declaration, concealment or false declaration of assets, private interests of elected persons and public employees, or of any other person that is legally binding for the declaration.”
Investigations by Serious Crimes Prosecution started two years ago, in March 2018. Llalla was investigated on suspicion of four criminal charges: hiding of assets, non-declaration of money amounts at the border, abuse of office and money laundering.
Hiding or false declaration of assets, private interests, by the elected persons or of the public employees is punishable by fine or imprisonment up to three years, according to art.257/a of the Criminal Code.
In March 2019, the Serious Crimes Prosecution decided to extend the investigation against Llalla for another three months.
— Ambassador Yuri Kim (@USAmbAlbania) November 20, 2020
US Ambassador Yuri Kim responded to the news, reminding the public that Llalla and his family are not allowed to enter the US due to “involvement in significant corruption”.