Thursday, October 9, 2008

Justice in Albania

The final mystery

Oct 9th 2008 | TIRANA
From The Economist print edition

Finding the perpetrators of a lethal explosion could polish Albania’s image

A MUDDY crater marks the spot near Tirana airport where a stockpile of artillery shells blew up last March. The blast killed 26 people, including several children, and injured more than 250 others. Dozens of houses in the next-door village were ruined beyond repair.

Sali Berisha, Albania’s prime minister, responded by removing from office Fatmir Mediu, the defence minister. Damaged homes are being rebuilt with government handouts. But people are still angry. “This”, says Fiqiri Ismaili, the mayor, “was the worst disaster since communism ended.”

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