Albania: Ex-minister faces 12-year term in cannabis probe

Albanian prosecutors are seeking a 12-year prison term for a former Albanian interior minister accused of being tied to a crime network suspected of trafficking large amounts of cannabis

TIRANA, Albania -- Albanian prosecutors are seeking a 12-year prison term for a former Albanian interior minister accused of being tied to a crime network suspected of trafficking large amounts of cannabis.

Saimir Tahiri has been under investigation for two years on suspicion of drug trafficking, corruption and involvement in a criminal organization.

Prosecutors proposed their sentence on Tuesday. Tahiri briefly was held under house arrest last year.

Tahiri resigned as a ruling Socialist Party lawmaker in May 2018. He was interior minister during 2013-2017.