TIRANA, Albania (AP) – Albania’s former chief prosecutor was arrested in Italy after his conviction for hiding illegally owned money, the police reported on Monday.
Former Attorney General Adriatik Llalla, 52, left Albania after a court sentenced him to two years in prison for hiding property and misrepresenting the property declarations Albanian officials have to make every year.
A statement by the Albanian police said that following communication between the Interpol offices of Albania and Italy, Lllallas “has been allowed to stay and arrest him, a move aimed at extraditing him to our country”.
The statement did not specify where Llalla was arrested in Italy.
Following the court’s verdict last month, Llalla’s attorney requested parole on health grounds. The application was denied and an international arrest warrant was issued.
Llalla resigned from his post as Albania’s chief prosecutor in December 2017.
In 2018, prosecutors confiscated Llalla’s apartment in the capital, Tirana, and just over two hectares of land that belonged to him. According to prosecutors, the land was valued at more than 98 million leks (about $ 900,000) at the time.
Llalla couldn’t explain the money behind buying and selling the land and buying an apartment, Albanian prosecutors said. He also failed to justify his family’s spending in the United States and Germany, it said.
Llalla was the first high-ranking person to be convicted by the newly established judicial authorities set up to fight corruption in Albania.
The fight against corruption is the Achilles’ heel of post-communist Albania, which has a major impact on the country’s democratic, economic and social development.
In 2018, the US banned Llalla from entering the country because of alleged corruption.
His conviction prevented him from holding public office for five years.
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