Greek Foreign Minister for “Beleri”: Clear violation of presumption of innocence


September 1, 2023. Posted by  Balkan Periscope - Hellas


The Foreign Minister of Greece, Giorgos Gerapetritis, has called the extension of detention for Fredi Beleri a clear violation of the presumption of innocence, which is preventing him to swear as the mayor of Himarë.

In an interview with the media in the neighboring country, he informed that Beleri’s issue was discussed at the informal meeting of EU Foreign Ministers “Gymnich” in Toledo,

I also had the opportunity to have a discussion with the Commissioner responsible for Enlargement, Olivér Várhelyi, with whom we talked about the issues of the Western Balkans. Greece, as is already known, has taken the initiative to accelerate the steps on the path of the Western Balkans towards the European family. And 20 years after the historic Thessaloniki Declaration, Greece will always be a support for these countries regarding their European perspective. Especially in the case of Mr. Beleri, I want to emphasize that, regardless of the issue of judicial decisions, the independence of the Albanian judiciary, here is the issue of detention that prevents him from taking office. This is a clear violation of the presumption of innocence, of the rule of law, of his political rights and of the citizens of Himarë who elected him,” said the Greek diplomat.