Press release

UK and Albanian Ministers sign Prisoner Transfer Agreement

This news article was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

Albanian Minister of Justice Eduard Halimi and British Prisons Minister Jeremy Wright signed an agreement for Albanian citizens imprisoned in the UK to finish their prison sentences in Albania.

The compulsory prisoner transfer agreement will allow the British government to transfer eligible Albanian nationals in UK gaols back to their home country to serve the rest of their sentences. Likewise, British prisoners in Albania will be transferred to UK gaols.

In either case the prisoner will serve the original sentence passed by the court. However, transferring to a prison in their home country will benefit the prisoners’ welfare and eventual reintegration into society, for example by allowing increased contact with their family.

This is the UK’s first major bilateral prisoner transfer agreement providing for compulsory transfer outside the European Union, and a very positive development in relations between the UK and Albania. We expect the first transfers to take place later this year.

Jeremy Wright said:

I am delighted to have been able to co-sign this prisoner transfer agreement with my Albanian counterpart today. The co-operation of the Albanian authorities has been crucial in ensuring these negotiations have proved so fruitful. The British Government wants more foreign national prisoners to serve their sentences in their home country.