TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Prosecutors have asked a court to hand out heavy sentences to two senior police officers accused of fatally shooting four people during a violent anti-government protest in Albania two years ago.
The prosecutors urged the court in the Albanian capital Tirana Wednesday to sentence Ndrea Prendi and Agim Llupo to 23 and 25 years in prison. A third officer on trial was acquitted on charges of concealing evidence.
The protesters were shot in January 2011 during an opposition Socialist Party rally against alleged corruption and vote-rigging by Prime Minister Sali Berisha's government. Berisha has denied claims that he authorized police to use lethal force and accused the opposition of staging the 2011 protest in attempt to seize power.