January 2017

CURRENT SITUATION

The new year started with some “blood feuds” episodes. In Vlore, a 22 year-old guy was killed by two other guys and in Visselhovede (Germany) an Albanian citizen was shot dead in front of his daughter. An year earlier he was released from jail where he was imprisoned for a murder he committed in 2011. He sought asylum in Germany for fear of retaliations. The revenge, unconcerned of borders and legal justice, reached him right there. Albanian justice system is trying to face the phenomenon by continuing asking extradition for those who committed murders for “blood feud” reasons. Indeed, recently another detainee was extradited from Great Britain. The feud he is involved in started on 1992 and caused three deaths and two casualties in the region of Mirdita.

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December 2016

CURRENT SITUATION

Despite many years spent in jail, a man and his family have been living in self-reclusion for sixteen years in Tirane. Even when justice runs its course, a man fears that revenge can still happen. That is the reason why he stays at home and forces his children to do the same. The use of private justice is not only a consequence of the absence of the state, it is also a consequence of a traditional habit which prescribes to “wash” the blood with other blood.
In December a man was killed in Shkoder. He was shot dead at the entrance of the city. Police has no clue about the murderer and is following two possible paths: a conflict with other people or a settling of scores, since the man had been in jail for theft. In both cases it would be a case of feud.
By the way, during the month a reconciliation was celebrated. It took place through the intervention of the bishop of Shkoder during Saint Nicholas celebration.

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November 2016

GENERAL SITUATION

During the month of November some cases of attempted murders for “blood feud” reasons happened. One of these, concerning a feud wich dates back to 1997, has been luckily prevented by the intervention of the police and the arrest of 4 people from the city of Kukës.
The same was for the attempted murder which took place in Vrakë, near Shkoder, sorted out with the arrest of father and son belonging to the same family.

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