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Ammunition blast trial opens in Albania

Ammunition blast trial opens in Albania

A former Albanian defense minister and over two dozen others are on trial over a series of explosions at a munitions depot that killed 26 people last year.
The 28 defendants include former Defense Minister Fatmir Mediu, a former army chief of staff and officials and managers of a private company that handled munitions disposal.
They all are charged with breach of duty, and four are also charged with murder. All have denied wrongdoing. The trial started Monday at Albania's Supreme Court.
The explosions that ripped through the disposal factory outside Tirana on March 15, 2008, left 26 people dead and 302 injured. The blasts also damaged 5,500 houses.
Albania stores about 100,000 tons of excess ammunition in old army depots.