Illegally sold public land in Albania confiscated

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Prosecutors have confiscated public land on the western Albanian coast that was illegally sold or owned by a former lawmaker and other officials. The land is estimated to be worth some 40 million euro.

Prosecutors seized 30 hectares of public land in Lezha district, 50 kilometres northwest of the capital, Tirana.

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.

Via Fox News/AP

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