Albania bans former secret police from public service

TIRANA, Dec. 22 (Xinhua) — The Albanian parliament adopted on Monday a law banning from public service the people who served in the country’s secret police before 1990.

Lawmakers in the country’s 140-seat assembly voted with 74 for it, 2 against. One abstained and the rest 63 boycotted the vote.

The law bans from public service all people linked to the former secret police, Sigurimi, from November 1944 to December 1990, when the overhauled its social system and changed from communism to capitalism.

The opposition Socialists and other smaller parties boycotted the vote, saying they feared the law might be used against them.

The United States and Britain had expressed concerns about the legislation, and had asked for postponement.


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