The Albanian Special Prosecution against Corruption and Organized Crime (SPAK) has issued 32 arrest warrants and detained 18 people involved in organized crime across Albania.
SPAK chief Arben Kraja gave a press conference where he unveiled the details of the operation.
“[We targeted] eight organized criminal groups in Tirana, Durrës and Elbasan. Four groups from Elbasan, one Durrës, and one group in Tirana. These are criminal groups that are ready to commit crimes, paying large sums of money for the murder of persons they consider as opponents,” Kraja said.
Albanian chief of police Gledis Nano confirmed that one police officer has also been placed under arrest.
Nano said he is working actively to purge the ranks of the Albanian police from corrupt officers and encouraged judicial institutions to conduct their own investigations on police involvement in crime.
SPAK and the police expect to execute soon all remaining arrest warrants.