Former Albanian minister indicted in deadly 2008 explosion
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Albanian prosecutors have filed a complaint against a former defense minister over a massive explosion at an ammunition disposal plant in 2008 that killed 26 people
TIRANA, Albania – Albanian prosecutors on Thursday laid charges against a former defense minister over a massive explosion at an ammunition disposal plant in 2008 that left 26 people dead.
The Special Structure Against Corruption, or SPAK, responsible for investigating senior officials, said it indicted Fatmir Mediu, Minister of Defense in 2005-2008, of abuse of his position.
The same charge was dismissed in 2009 due to his immunity from prosecution as a re-elected MP.
An Albanian court ruled in September to reopen the case. Mediu is still a member of the parliament of an opposition party, but parliamentary immunity from criminal cases was abolished in 2012.
Mediu has denied any wrongdoing, calling the move politically motivated.
The case resumed following a request from the parents of a 6-year-old boy who was killed while playing in the courtyard of their house in Gerdec, outside the capital, Tirana, in the explosion of 15 March 2008. The explosion killed 26 people. people, injured 264 and damaged around 5,500 homes.
In 2012, a court convicted and jailed 19 people for the blast, but relatives of angry victims complained that senior government officials had escaped justice.
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