Tuesday, May 03, 2011
Malësor arrested in Albania to be extradited back to Montenegro
TUZ, Malësia, May 2, 2011 - Albanian police yesterday acted on an arrest warrant issued by Interpol and Montenegro to arrest Mr. John Lucaj (39) of Malësia. Lucaj was charged and sentenced to 3 years and 3 months imprisonment by the high court in Podgorica with activities associated with the infamous 2006 "Eagle's Flight" case where 18 men were sentenced to a combined 51 years imprisonment in May 2008, just days before the first general elections in Montenegro were to be held.
Organizations for Human Rights in Montenegro have criticized the charges as human rights violations, citing torture and other crimes against detainees and their families. The charges against the 18 men included convictions that they were preparing an armed rebellion in Malësia, with the aim of creating ethnic Albanian territories. None of those accusations were proven.
Official sources from the Albanian police suggest that within a few days Mr. Lucaj will be returned to Montenegro to face charges related to his escape and his alliance with the 2006 case.
In the United States, several Albanian-American associations have petitioned the Albanian government to immediately stop extradition processes of Mr. Lucaj due to the well-documented treatment of Albanian political prisoners in Montenegrin jails. It is well-known that the Montenegrin secret police brutally assaulted Albanian political prisoners in the recent past, including the arrest of innocent Albanians while viciously torturing them and their families. The Montenegrin police systematically violate local and international laws by beating and torturing political prisoners, and in doing so, they breach individual civil rights and liberties.
Posted by Conference Organizer at 2:13 PM