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Albania: Further information on possible prisoners of conscience

, Index number: EUR 11/020/1996

(1) Sulejman Rrahman Mekollari, Dilaver Ibrahim Dauti, Lirim Servet Veliu and Gani Koro; (2) Elvira Shapllo (f), Vladimir Qiraiaqi, Jani Bardho and Thomas Ngjelo; (3) Sami Meta, Kristaq Mosko, Timoshenko Pekmezi and Tare Isufi: On 16 September Sami Meta and his three co-defendants were found guilty of conspiring to re-create the former Albanian communist party, banned since 1992. The presiding judge reportedly told the court that the defendants aimed "to take power by violence".

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