Albania court convicts fugitive ex-spy chief

AP News
Posted: Nov 22, 2012 1:53 PM

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — An Albanian court has convicted the country's fugitive former intelligence chief of murder for the 1995 death of a suspect who was illegally detained for an alleged plot to murder the president of Macedonia.

The court, which tried Ilir Kumbaro in absentia, also sentenced him to 15 years in prison Thursday.

The victim of the crime, Albanian Remzi Hoxha, was abducted by the secret police 17 years ago along with two other suspects for allegedly planning to kill then-Macedonian President Kiro Gligorov during a visit to Albania. The court said the three suspects were held illegally and tortured during questioning.

Hoxha was never found and is presumed to have died in custody.