September 5, 2014 / 6:35 PM / 4 years ago

Albanian central bank governor arrested over vault theft

TIRANA, Sept 5 (Reuters) - Albania’s central bank governor Ardian Fullani was arrested on Friday evening in his office on charges of abuse of office over the theft of 713 million lek (6.63 million US dollar) from the bank’s vaults, the prosecutor’s office told Reuters.

Fullani had refused to step down despite protests by citizens who started a petition to demand his dismissal. He had won a confidence vote in the supervisory board by a landslide. Fullani is the 17th bank employee to be arrested in the case. (Reporting by Benet Koleka; Editing by Andrew Roche)

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