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Basha's lawsuit against Veliaj / High Court unifying decision: Defamation charges jurisdiction of GJKKO

Basha's lawsuit against Veliaj / High Court unifying decision: Defamation

The Criminal College of the High Court has decided today that defamation charges against senior officials will be tried by the Special Court against Corruption and Organized Crime.

This decision was taken today, after the clashes for "substantive competence" between GJKKO and the Court of Tirana, which of the institutions has jurisdiction to try the accusation of defamation made by the leader of the Democratic Party Lulzim Basha towards the mayor of Tirana, Erion Veliaj.

Thus, Basha's lawsuit for defamation against Veliaj will be decided by the GJKKO. This decision of the Supreme Court is unifying and will be used as a precedent for other similar cases.

The Criminal College of the High Court, in today's court session examined the case of the lawsuit by the leader of the Democratic Party, Lulzim Basha against the mayor Erion Veliaj.

In October 2020, the DP sued the mayor Erion Veliaj for defamation in the Court of Tirana, arguing that the mayor, as the leader of the SP campaign for Tirana, has made 3 concrete accusations related to Basha's property, accusations which according to the DP are made in order to tarnish the image of the leader of the Democrats.

Basha's lawsuit against Veliaj / High Court unifying decision: Defamation

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