Two Brits arrested in Albania after police accuse them of espionage after confiscating radios – World News


Two Britons have been questioned by officials at Tirana International Airport in Albania about spying allegations after police discovered sophisticated Kenwood radios in their luggage

Tirana International Airport
Two Britons were held at Tirana International Airport

Two Britons were arrested by Albanian spies and accused of espionage after border police found radio transmitters in their luggage.

The pair were questioned by Tirana International Airport officials about spying allegations after they discovered sophisticated Kenwood radios in their luggage.

They told officials they were IT engineers who carried the amateur gear to pursue their hobby while on vacation in Albania.

A suspect has been registered as a user of an “amateur radio station” in the Tirana region in online profiles that also say he specializes in “electronic warfare”.

Albanian police confirmed that they had opened an investigation into allegations of “espionage activities” and “espionage”.

Sophisticated Kenwood radios were found in their luggage


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A source said: “It’s highly unusual to be carrying this type of gear and even stranger for someone to be stopped and accused of being an undercover agent.”

The two Britons were detained on May 30 and then allowed to return to Britain. However, they will be further investigated, police say. The electronic kit from Kenwood – which makes a range of state-of-the-art communication devices – has been sent to the Albanian Crime Laboratory for further investigation.

The Cybernetic Unit is supporting the investigation along with the State Intelligence Service.

Eduard Merkaj, director of the border police, said: “It is an ongoing investigation and we continue to investigate the confiscated machines.”

Insiders say investigators are trying to figure out if the devices can record or interfere with the analog radio waves being used

by the country’s military and secret service.

Albania is a former communist country that joined NATO in 2009. Its foreign policy is in line with that of the EU and the US.

Its agencies are constantly on alert to combat espionage by the Russian state.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has significant influence over neighboring countries such as Montenegro, Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina, but not Albania.

Two Russian men were spotted flying a drone at Kucova airbase in Albania during NATO’s Defender Europe 2021 military exercise. They were detained by the secret service and then expelled.

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