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Albania’s former PM Berisha loses appeal against ban from UK

By Thomson Reuters Jun 17, 2024 | 5:33 AM

(Reuters) – Albanian opposition leader Sali Berisha, the country’s former president and prime minister, on Monday lost his appeal against a ban on entering Britain over alleged criminal links.

Berisha, head of Albania’s main opposition Democratic Party, was excluded from the United Kingdom in 2022 for his alleged links to organised crime and corruption, which Berisha denies.

He appealed against the decision at the Special Immigration Appeals Commission (SIAC) in London in March, arguing he was banned from the UK on the basis of unproven false assertions.

SIAC dismissed Berisha’s challenge in a written ruling on Monday.

(Reporting by Sam Tobin; editing by William James)