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Friday, July 26, 2013
Fugitives have not been in Albania 26/07/2013 19:55
After the recent events in Greece, where three Albanians who escaped
from prison were killed during a firefight with the police, the
Spokesperson of the Greek Police, Christos Parthenis, tells in an
interview for Top Channel about the cooperation between the Albanian
police during this operation, and denies the voices that the people who
escaped have been in Albania.
When asked about the safety
in the border between our countries, he declared: “There’s a good
cooperation between the police authorities of both countries in all
levels. This allows us to believe that the safety level is satisfying.
This cooperation is a product of the ood political will of both
countries. Naturally, this does not mean that we don’t have crimes, but
we are able to try and handle them effectively thanks to our
cooperation”, Parthenis declared.
When asked about the claims of
the relatives of the three people that were killed, saying that they
have been in Albania on the time when the crime was committed, the
Spokesperson of the Greek Police rejected these claims.
“Our investigations show that there is no evidence to prove these claims”, Parthenis declared.
considers the cooperation between the police of oth countries as very
useful, mainly on the level of information, which is based on a mutual
When asked about the operation for the arrest of Ilir
Kupa, one of the fugitives, Christos Parthenis explained the details of
the killing of the three Albanians. He said that they were invited to
surrender, but they replied with firearms.
“In this moment there
is a police operation undergoing close to the Albanian borders, to
identify and arrest one of the Trikalla fugitives. Allow me to underline
that the Greek police works based on the rule of law, as the Greek
Constitution and laws have stated. I am emphasizing this to deny the
voices that are encouraged by some people, which aim only to undermine
the cooperation between our two countries. I declare that even in the
last two occasions when the Albanian fugitives were fatally shot, they
had been warned to undergo a search and they reacted by shooting and
wounding one officer. On both cases they were armed with heavy weapons,
such as AK-47 and bombs. This shows the level of danger that they bring
to the police officer and the citizens. Two people have lost their lives
for this, a 26-year-old woman and a police officer, father of three”,
The operation for the arrest of Ilir Kupa
has spread in theborder with Albania, where police suspects that he is
hiding since March 23rd.