Domestic violence case turns political in Albania

Rrexhep Rraja, son of socialist MP Rahman Rraja, was arrested last week on charges of abuse towards his ex-girlfriend, Xhisiela Maloku. 

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On one side, there were prosecutors saying that Maloku was beaten, kicked and burned with cigarettes. On the other, Maloku herself wanted to withdraw the charges, and said she is on friendly turns with Rrexhep Rraja. 

After much protest on behalf of NGOs and opposition politicians, the Court of the City of Kruja ruled that Rraja should be arrested for having physically abused his ex-girlfriend.

It is unclear whether Maloku was frightened into silence or acted of her own volition by publicly defending Rraja. But most Albanian media report that the charges were initially swept aside in July, when they were first filed, because socialist MP Taulant Balla intervened on behalf of his colleague's son. 

The article below was recommend by an anonymous reader, who comments: "The situation in Albania is dangerous right now. Politicians are out of control, ready to do everything to preserve their power. [Maloku] has changed her declaration [...] out of fear."

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Details from the story:

  • Rexhep Rraja was arrested by the Kruja Court at the request of the Prosecutor on September 30.
  • He was charged of violent acts against 25-year-old Xhisiela Maloku, with whom he was previously in a relationship.
  • Maloku first reported the assault to the police in July, but subsequently stated that she wished to withdraw her accusations.
  • The story came to light thanks to whistleblowing police officer Emilijano Nuhu.
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