Albania's Supreme Court judge survives shooting

A lone assailant shot one of Albania's Supreme Court judges four times as he was leaving his car at the weekend.

Albania's Supreme Court judge survives shooting

A lone assailant shot one of Albania's Supreme Court judges four times as he was leaving his car at the weekend, but the official survived the attack and his injuries were not life threatening, police said on Monday.

Ardian Nuni, 40, was shot in the shoulder and leg on Sunday, Tirana police said. The former law professor and lawyer had joined the Balkan state's highest court in May 2007.

"Mr. Nuni's condition poses no threat to his life now," police said in a statement.

Fifteen people were being held for questioning and a team of special investigators was trying to identify the attacker and find a motive for the shooting, police said.

The Supreme Court said the shooting was an attack against the entire judiciary and asked police to find the culprit as soon as possible. It said the incident followed a series of attacks on judges and court staff in the last year.
"Political and media campaigns, attacks on the judiciary and pressure have negatively affected and distorted the perception by the public on the delivery of justice and impaired the authority of judges and the judiciary," the Supreme Court said in a statement.

Corruption watchdog Transparency International Albania called for an "exemplary punishment" of those responsible and asked Albanian politicians to resume reforming the judiciary, not just to denounce corruption when delivering justice.

Reuters

Last Mod: 10 Şubat 2009, 08:55
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