On Tuesday, Albania’s Special Court against Corruption and Organized Crime confiscated two plots of land, an apartment and a car owned by opposition Democratic Party MP Kasem Mahmutaj.
Prosecutors had seized the assets after a special government operation – Operation Force of Law – targeted Gazmend Mahmutaj, the brother of the member of parliament who was convicted on charges of drug and sex trafficking in Italy in 1993 and 1997.
A total of 22 assets were seized from Gazmend Mahmutaj and his relatives in 2020 over suspicions that they were acquired through criminal activity.
Kasem Mahmutaj is the first member of the Albanian parliament to have properties confiscated. He said he will appeal the court decision.