HIMARE - The continued detention in Albania of Fredi Beleri, an ethnic Greek elected Mayor of Himare, now has seen Greece blocking a European Union Defense anse Security Agreement with that country.
HIMARE - Greece has reiterated insistence that Fredi Beleri, an ethnic Greek elected Mayor of the Albanian seaside town of Himare who is detained and charged with buying votes - which he denied - must be sworn in to office.
HIMARE - In a case that has raised tensions with Greece, Fredi Beleri, the detained ethnic Greek elected mayor of the Albanian region of Himare, has objected to a plan by Prime Minister Edi Rama to have a temporary substitute take his place.
TIRANA - The trial of the elected mayor of Himare Fredi Beleri and his associate Pantelis Kokavesis, who are accused by the Albanian authorities of attempting to buy votes in the municipal elections, was adjourned late Tuesday afternoon and will resume on December 29, at 11:000 (local time).
BRUSSELS - Greece will not consent to the next stage in Albania's EU accession talks if there is no progress on the matter of the elected mayor of Himare, Fredi Beleri, Greek diplomatic sources reiterated in Brussels on Tuesday.
TIRANA - Defying Greece and the European Union, Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama said the prosecution of a detained ethnic Greek Mayor-elect of the seaside town of Himare will go on even though it’s blocking his country’s European Union hopes.
ATHENS - It’s been 83 years since Greece declared war on Albania, the occupying Italian army there using sites to fire shells at Greek soldiers who pushed them out - at a cost of 8,000 of them killed - and now new battles have erupted, politically.
GIROKASTER (ANA/P.Barkas) - Tirana's special court against corruption decided on Monday to postpone for December 11 the appeal of the elected mayor of Himare Fredi Beleri to be released and swear in mayor of Himare.
HIMARE - Elected mayor of Himare Fredi Beleri, who remains jailed on remand in a Durres prison since May, said in an interview with SKAI radio on Tuesday that "the rule of law does not function in Albania".
ATHENS - The detention of Fredi Beleri, an ethnic Greek elected mayor of the seaside town of Himare that’s growing in tourist interest is a roadblock to Albania’s hopes of joining the European Union, Greek State Minister Savros Papastavrou said.
ATHENS - Ethnic Greek and mayor-elect of Himare Fredi Beleri thanked Minister of State Stavros Papastavrou for visiting him in jail on Tuesday in Durres, where he is detained pending trial.