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Albania | Balkan Insight
  1. One of the alleged heads of the Kavac drug gang and the leaders of the notorious Janjicari so-called football fan group were charged with creating a criminal organisation and murdering two rivals.
  2. A young lawyer and activist tells BIRN he is establishing a new political movement which aims to promote more democratic decision making.
  3. The Tirana Court confirmed to BIRN that it has accepted an extradition request for Kosovo Liberation Army ex-fighter Dritan Goxhaj, accused of revealing potential protected witnesses’ names in a war crimes case in The Hague.
  4. Three decades after the fall of communism, Albanians are still searching for the remains of loved ones killed by the state, with public institutions passing the buck.
  5. A new book looks at the trajectory of Albanian media freedom, from the ‘glorious’ 1930s to non-existence under communism and new tools of control today.