US Ambassador Yuri Kim has reacted to the decision to imprison former top prosecutor Adriatik Llalla by praising the justice system and prosecutors.
Taking to Twitter, Kim wrote:
“Good to see justice served against corrupt officials. Prosecutors should continue to take action against officials, no matter how high or powerful, who misuse their position to enrich themselves.”
Good to see justice served against corrupt officials. Prosecutors should continue to take action against officials – no matter how high or powerful – who misuse their position to enrich themselves. No one is above the law. https://t.co/vop5DZIEsW
— Ambassador Yuri Kim (@USAmbAlbania) September 22, 2021
She added that “no one is above the law.”
On Wednesday, a special appeals court against corruption sentenced Llalla to two years in prison for not declaring his assets and banned him from exercising public office for five years.
The ruling was final, and Albania’s top prosecutor from 2012 to 2017 should have immediately started to serve his sentence, but he wasn’t present when the judge announced it.
Police searched for him after the sentence was read, but were unable to locate him.
Media reports suggest that Llalla left Albania two weeks ago for Rome, Italy, from Tirana airport.
Llalla is now on the police’s wanted list and is formally ‘on the run’.