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Further information on UA 172/94 (EUR 11/03/94, 3 May) - Albania: death penalty: Laver Goga

, N° d'index: EUR 11/004/1994

Unofficial sources report that Laver Goga is due to be executed on 14 June 1994. If this is correct, it means that his sentence was confirmed on appeal and has been approved by president Berisha.

EXTERNAL (for general distribution) AI Index: EUR 11/04/94 Distr: UA/SC
6 June 1994
Further information on UA 172/94 (EUR 11/03/94, 3 May 1994) -
Death penalty
ALBANIA:Laver Goga, teacher, aged 48
According to unofficial sources, Laver Goga is due to be executed on
14 June 1994. If this information is correct, as Amnesty
International believes is likely, it means that his death sentence was
confirmed on appeal and has been approved by President Berisha.
Laver Goga was sentenced to death by the district court of Fier in
April 1994, after being found guilty of the premeditated murder of
his 17-year-old daughter-in-law, whom he stabbed to death on 1 May
1993 at the home of her parents.
Amnesty International has also learned of two other death sentences
imposed by Albanian courts this year. In January a court in Tirana
sentenced Luan Isufi to death for murder and on 31 April a court in
Vlora sentenced Jeto Muka to death for killing two people while
carrying out a robbery. Amnesty International does not know
whether these sentences were confirmed on appeal. In February
1994 the President of the Court of Cassation, Zef Brozi, reportedly
stated that in the past five years 45 men had been sentenced to death
and 24 of these had been executed.
telegrams/telexes/faxes/express and airmail letters either in English,
Italian, French, German or in your own language:
- urging President Berisha to exercise his constitutional power to
commute Laver Goga's death sentence. State that you recognize the
gravity of his crime, but that Amnesty International opposes the
death penalty in all cases without reservation, on the grounds that it
is a violation of the right to life and the right not to be subjected to
cruel, inhuman or degrading punishment;
- urging President Berisha to commute all other death penalties which
are brought to him for review;
President of Albania
Dr Sali Berisha
President i Republikës
se Shqiperisë
Faxes: +355 42 32971 or 32979
Telegrams: President Berisha, Tirana, Albania
Salutation: Dear President
Minister of Justice
Mr Kudret Cela
Ministria e Drejsisë
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Dr Alfred Serreqi
Minister i Puve Jashtme
Faxes: +355 42 32971
The Albanian Helsinki Committee
Komiteti Shqiptar i Helsinkit
Qendra Nderkombetare e kultures, Dhoma no. 35
Bulevardi "Deshmoret e kombit"
and to diplomatic representatives of ALBANIA accredited to your
PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY. Check with the International
Secretariat, or your section office, if sending appeals after 18 July

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