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Sunday, February 23, 2014
Prisoner exchange between Albania and Greece 21/02/2014
The Minister of Justice, Nasip Naco, held a visit in Athens, invited by
his Greek counterpart, Haralambos Athansiu. The focus of the discussion
was the cooperation of both countries in the justice system.
The parties have agreed for
establishing a joint commission on the possibilities of transferring all
Albanian and Greek prisoners from Greek to Albanian prisoners and vice
versa, so that they can serve their time in their own countries.
judiciary reform in Albania was also part of the discussion, and the
Albanian Minister informed the Greek counterpart for the steps taken by
the new government. The Greek Minister expressed Athens’ support for the
judiciary reform, saying that the ministry he leads is ready to offer
the help that is needed for improving the infrastructure in the Albanian
“We exchanged opinions about the judiciary and its
functionality in both countries. We also exchanged opinions about
prisons in both countries, and the possibility of sending Albanian and
Greek prisoners in their native countries. We decided to create a joint
commission to discuss this issue. We agreed to sign an agreement for
sanctioning what we decided”, Athanasiu.
“Our relations have
taken another dimension. We want to become European Union members, and
we want to reach standards in this area. For reaching these standards we
want your help and support. Crime has no limits, that’s why we need to
cooperate with each other, so that our countries don’t become shelter of
criminals for every country. We want the Albanian citizens who have
been sentenced here to come and serve their time in Albania. This goes
for the Greek prisoners in Albania too”, declared Minister Naco.
parties agreed to intensify the relations between the two Ministries of
Justice. There are 2832 Albanian prisoners in Greece, from 12.000 in
Naco had a meeting with the Head of the Supreme Court in
Greece, Mihalis Theoharidhis, with whom they discussed about the mutual
cooperation in justice.