A devastated father has fought an Albanian police commissioner on the beach after the cop allegedly crashed his boat into his 7-year-old British daughter, killing her.
The girl, Jonada Avdia, a British-born citizen, was killed while playing in the ocean on Tuesday when she was struck by the propeller of a speedboat off Potam Beach in Albania. The boat was driven by officer Arjan Tase while off duty, according to reports.
When Tase parked his boat on the shore immediately after the fatal accident, his father Bedlar Avdia confronted his daughter’s suspected killer and a fight ensued, according to photos shared by former Albanian Prime Minister Sali Berisha , reported the Daily Mail.
The cop allegedly drove the craft into waters reserved for swimmers.
“I was swimming with my daughter near the shore, I saw a white boat with two people on board,” Avdia, from Albania, reportedly told local media.
He said the boat parked briefly on the shore where a woman got off and other women and children boarded before heading back towards him and his daughter.
“He came our way and came at hellish speed and separated me from the girl,” he said.
“I dived underwater and the craft hit my daughter with the motor part, cutting her all over.”
Tase, the Elbasan city police chief, was later arrested and was due to appear in Vlora city court on Friday.
Investigators say the cop was transporting family members from Porto Palermo to Potam – a distance of around 8km – when the accident happened.
Law enforcement officials said Tase walked through a clearly designated area for swimmers with marked buoys to drop off family members before pulling away and hitting the young Jonada just 15ft from shore.
The boat’s propeller blades “caused serious injuries which resulted in immediate loss of life”, a police spokesman told local media.
Tase was charged with ‘negligent homicide’ and 15 police officers who were supposed to guard the beach that day were fired, the Daily Mail reported.
The incident sparked protests in the capital, Tirana, where demonstrators demanded the resignation of the country’s interior minister, Bledar Çuçi, the director general of the state police, Gledis Nanos, and the minister of tourism, Mirela Kumbaro, according to Albania Daily.
Kumbaro told Albania Daily that she blamed Tase in the tragedy and called for a maximum sentence in her case.
“An angel is no longer among us because of the stupidity of a man who broke all laws, all rules and all norms with tragically irreversible consequences,” she said.
“Aware that there are no words to console the parents, the family for the drama they have suffered, the request goes to justice to do its job, without compromise, with a maximum sentence for anyone who breaks the law.”
Albanian Democratic Party leader Sali Berisha claimed the boat had previously been used for drug trafficking.
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