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Albania Jails Nine Jihadi Recruiters

May 4, 2016

Nine Albanians were convicted of inciting terrorism and recruiting people to fight in Syria and sentenced to a total of 126 years in prison. Photo: reporter.al The First Instance Court of Serious Crimes in Tirana found the nine men guilty on Tuesday evening of recruiting some 70 Albanians to fight in the conflict in Syria. They […]

Kosovo: Lawmaker Accused of Organized Crime Returns to Pristina for Questioning

May 4, 2016

One of Kosovo’s ruling party lawmakers, Azem Syla, has returned to the country for questioning after being accused by authorities of running an organized crime ring. Syla’s lawyer, Tome Gashi, confirmed to local newspaper Telegrafi last Thursday that his client returned to Kosovo keeping his promise that he would be willing to face questioning by […]

Protesters Claim Croatia Government Stifles Press Freedom

May 4, 2016

Croatian journalists and activists staged a protest in Zagreb, claiming the government is undermining media freedom in the country in an attempt to promote its own ideological values. Around 200 journalists and activists joined a protest walk from the headquarters of the Croatian Journalists’ Association, HND to the culture ministry in central Zagreb on World Press […]

Macedonians Resume ‘Colourful Revolution’ Protests

May 4, 2016

Anti-government protests in Macedonia – dubbed the ‘Colourful Revolution’ – resumed after an Easter break, while the International Crisis Group warned that the political situation was deteriorating. Protest in Skopje | Photo by: BETA After several days’ break for Orthodox Easter and May Day holidays, hundreds of anti-government protestors marched again on Tuesday in the […]

Kosovo: MP Facing Corruption Charges Surrenders to Kosovo Police

April 29, 2016

Azem Syla, an MP from the ruling party in Kosovo, handed himself into the police at the Vermice crossing border on Friday to face corruption charges. Syla while heading to Pristina police station | Photo: BIRN Azem Syla, a prominent legislator of the governing Democratic Party of Kosovo, charged on Wednesday in an investigation into […]

Suicide Threat Jolts Bosnian Canton into Saving Firm

April 29, 2016

After workers at the Tuzla Kvarc company staged a dramatic suicide threat, the cantonal authorities reached a new agreement with the firm that will allow it to restart production. A medical team from Tuzla hospital helps a worker of Tuzla Kvarc after the end of the strike | Photo: Anadolu The dramatic saga of a […]

Albania – Tusk: Focus on the Justice Reform and fight against corruption

April 29, 2016

During a press conference with Albanian President Bujar Nishani, President of the European Council, Donald Tusk said that the Justice Reform is very important for Albania and its European future. He added that the European Union continues to support and will support Albania in the years to come. “The European Union supports the development of […]

Montenegro President Accused of Abusing Pardons

April 29, 2016

Rights organizations have spotted a dramatic spike in the number of pardons issued by Montenegrin President Filip Vujanovic every time general elections are scheduled – and some have demanded his resignation. Montenegrin president Filip Vujanovic | Photo: www.predsjednik.me Montenegrin President Filip Vujanovic has been accused of abusing his authority and the law on pardons – […]

Romanian Prosecutors Train Sights on Media Moguls

April 29, 2016

Romania’s anti-corruption drive is hitting more and more of the country’s media moguls – a large number of whom are now already in jail or facing major corruption charges. Many media moguls are investigated for corruption charges. Photo: rfi.ro. The detention this week of the owner of Romania’s main media company, Adevarul Holding, Cristian Burci, is […]

22nd SG meeting

22nd RAI Steering Group Meeting – April 14-15, 2016 – Bucharest, Romania

April 29, 2016

22nd Regional Anti-corruption Initiative (RAI) Steering Group Meeting took place in Bucharest, Romania, on April 14-15, 2016. It was organized by RAI Secretariat in cooperation with the National Office for Crime Prevention and Asset Recovery of Romania. The main decisions of the SG were election of Mr. Davor Dubravica as RAI Chairperson, adoption of the […]