Former Albanian police officer jailed for killing that sparked major protests

A former police officer has been jailed for the fatal shooting of a man in Albania, which sparked mass demonstrations.

Klodian Rasha was shot and killed by the authorities during a COVID-19 curfew patrol in Tirana in December. Police said he ignored officers’ calls to stop and fled.

On Wednesday, an Albanian court convicted former officer Nevaldo Hajdaraj of "homicide in excess of necessary self-defense" and sentenced him to 10 years imprisonment.

The fatal police shooting sparked a week of violent protests in Albania, despite a COVID-19 ban on public gatherings.

Hajdaraj was sacked after the incident, acknowledged the shooting, and told the court he regretted his actions.

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