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Albanian parliament extends vetting of judges and prosecutors for corruption

Albanian lawmakers have voted to extend the vetting of judges and prosecutors on links to crime and corruption.

Of the 140 lawmakers, 118 voted to extend the vetting for two years, and four abstained.

As part of the judicial reform in Albania, two commissions were established in 2016 to vet more than 800 judges and prosecutors, of whom 297 were later dismissed.

The commissions have been overseeing the vetting process which checks if judges’ and prosecutors’ property was acquired legitimately or that they had met anti-corruption and professional standards.

The mandate for this process expires in 2022, more than 300 judges and prosecutors have not yet been vetted.