Candidate mayor of Himare and ethnic Greek Fredi Beleri was detained by Albanian authorities and transferred to the Tirana jail system following a decision by the first-instance court of Vlore (Avlona).
Vangelis Doules, head of KEAD party that Beleri belongs to, called the decision political.
Beleri is being accused of voter bribery. He was initially arrested and relased before being detained again. Protesting the initial arrest on Friday were Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Foreign Affairs Minister Nikos Dendias, the latter of whom spoke with Albanian President Edi Rama.
Another ethnic Greek included in the case, Pantelis Kokavessis, was admitted in the Tirana hospital. A decision on whether he will be detained is pending.