US blocks entry of former Albanian President Berisha over corruption
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Wednesday banned former Albanian President and Prime Minister Sali Berisha and his family from entering the United States due to “acts of corruption” and abuse of power.
Blinken said in a statement that Berisha, as prime minister in particular, was involved in “acts of corruption such as embezzlement of public funds and interference in public processes, including using her power for her own benefit. and to enrich his political allies and members of his family. “.
Blinken said on Twitter that Berisha had undermined democracy in Albania.
“I publicly designate Berisha and members of her immediate family as ineligible for entry into the United States,” he tweeted. “We remain #UnitedAgainstCorruption with our partners in Albania.”
There was no immediate response from Berisha’s office when contacted by Reuters. Berisha is not the subject of any criminal proceedings in Albania.
Berisha was president from 1992 to 1997, immediately after the fall of communism in Albania, and prime minister between 2005 and 2013.
Albania was granted candidate status for the European Union in 2014, but has made little progress since, mainly due to the failure to implement reforms.
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