Former Premier Sali Berisha has published new testimonies by citizens about the arrest in Italy of the newly elected mayor of Shkodra, Valdrin Pjetrit. The Socialist Party candidate won the June 30 elections thanks to the opposition’s boycott, but chances are he will not last long in his new post.
The Democratic Party wrote to the Attorney General’s office inviting them to verify Pjetri’s integrity, as there are doubts he had been arrested in Italy and later expulsed from the country.
Berisha published today the testimony of a person – which preferred to remain anonymous – that claims to know Valdrin Pjetri and says the whole story of his arrest in Italy is true.
“Doctor Berisha, I know Valdrin very well. It’s true what has been denounced about Valdrin Pjetri and Altin Doda”, the anonymous citizen tipped Berisha.
“They both were arrested by the Florence police in Piazza Puccini, at three in the morning. They were arrested on the grounds of transporting drugs. First Valdrin tried to blame Altin, but later they accepted blame. Valdrin was also accused of the theft of the car he was driving. The years are correct, 2001-2002. He did not serve 16 months in prison, because there are many that escape from domestic arrest in Italy. Valdrin has a precedent”.
The citizen added that Valdrin benefited from a 2006 pardon to convicts with prison sentences less than three years, but “even though the prison time was pardoned, the precedent remains forever”.
“Everything happened in Florence, because he was there for his studies, but he committed himself to drugs. He did not finish his studies”.