“Yesterday’s court verdict regarding the case of the former Interior Minister, Saimir Tahiri, shows that the judiciary’s impartial independence is growing, and the impunity of people with strong ties is coming to an end”, said the US Embassy on its Facebook website.
Yesterday’s verdict against former Minister of Interior Saimir Tahiri demonstrates the growing independence of the judiciary and the beginning of the end of impunity for the well-connected. While Mr. Tahiri’s conviction on abuse of office charges signals an important step forward, the sentencing is discouraging given the seriousness of the charges. Those who abuse the public trust and violate the law should face meaningful consequences. The United States will continue to partner with Albania in support of further progress on justice reform, transparency, and good governance.
The British embassy: “The verdict on Saimir Tahiri shows that Albania’s legal system is growing in maturity. But the failure to convict against the more serious charges raises questions and shows the importance of seeing through the judical reform to the end”.