Albania prosecutors confiscate illegally sold public land
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Prosecutors have confiscated public land on the western Albanian coast that was illegally sold or owned by a former lawmaker and other officials.
A statement Friday said that prosecutors seized 30 hectares (75 acres) of public land in Lezha district, 50 kilometers (30 miles) northwest of the capital, Tirana, estimated to be worth some 40 million euro ($45 million.)
Arben Ndoka, a former lawmaker, and about two dozen others have allegedly falsified documents for the land to be sold at inflated prices for development as tourist resorts, or at symbolic prices to fictitious owners.
Ndoka, who is under house arrest, denied the allegations.
Albania is working on fighting corruption as part of its bid to join the European Union.