Albania high court judge fired for income inconsistencies

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — The chief judge of Albania’s Supreme Court has been dismissed after not being able to reconcile his personal assets to the appeals branch of a commission charged with rooting out corruption.

The Specialist Appeals College said Friday that Judge Xhezair Zaganjori’s income did not account for properties he owned and his spending.

A lower commission decided a year ago to leave Zaganjori on the Supreme Court. A public commissioner appealed.

Most of one-fifth of some 800 Albanian judges and prosecutors vetted over 18 months to ensure they were independent from politics were fired, leaving Albania’s top courts dysfunctional.

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Parliament unanimously approved the vetting process three years ago, with the goal of combatting judicial corruption that has hampered democracy in post-communist Albania.

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