Albania police chief suspended as part of wiretapping probe

AP News
Posted: Jun 07, 2016 8:46 AM

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania's police chief has been suspended from his post while being investigated for the illegal use of wiretapping equipment, the prosecutor general's office said Tuesday.

A press statement said Haki Cako is suspected of abuse of power, and the court has put two other senior officials under house arrest until the investigation is over.

Prosecutors started the probe after learning that police had been using wiretapping equipment that had entered the country "without proper authorization." It is also checking "whether there are other senior officials involved."

When Cako and Interior Minister Saimir Tahiri were asked by opposition lawmakers about the case earlier, both said that the equipment had been brought by Italian police for training officers, not for wiretapping.

"The police director and the two other employees have not broken the law in any second of their work, that they have done no wiretapping and nothing linked in any way to wiretapping," Tahiri said Tuesday.

Lulzim Basha, leader of the main opposition Democratic Party, called on Prime Minister Edi Rama of the governing Socialist Party to dismiss Tahiri and leave justice officials free to investigate him.