date : 23/01/2001
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SUBJECT : ILLEGAL VIOLENCE IS CONDEMNABLE
According to the data given by press, on the evening of 21 January 2001, police
forces executed the decision of arrest of the head of the Democratic Party of
Tropoja, Mr. Azgan Haklaj accused for organizing illegal demonstrations as well
as for addressing appeals urging violent actions towards institutions.
It is not AHC's mission to evaluate the grounds of the decision of arrest or the
proves, on which the decision towards Azgan Haklaj is based, even the more that
the court has approved security measure towards the accused without any
However, the AHC draws the attention to the claims of the convict's family
members and of his lawyer that A. Haklaj was not only ill treated in his own
apartment, but during the accompaniment from Tropoja to Tirana. Haklaj's lawyer
has confirmed this and has addressed an appeal to the Attorney's Office.
AHC requests from the organs of the Attorney's Office to be swift in verifying
objectively the above-mentioned claims and inform the public on the eligibility
of the decision.
Without having prejudice regarding this case, AHC considers it necessary to
point out the use of violence observed by the police forces (in many cases)
especially during the moment of stopping, arrest and accompaniment of the
accused in the environments of the police stations. This is an issue to which
AHC has come back several times considering this issue as one of the acute
issues for the present circumstances.
Taking advantage of this case, the AHC requires from the competent organs to
thoroughly investigate such cases objectively and with transparence in due time
as well as to assign eventual responsibilities.