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Albania Parliament lifts immunity of 2 lawmakers who now face arrest over murder plot claim

  • Lawmaker Tom Doshi speaks to a Parliament’s commission discussing the prosecutors’ request to lift his immunity, Wednesday, March 25, 2015, after his claims Speaker Ilir Meta had been behind an assassination plot. Parliament on Thursday, March 26, 2015 voted in favor of the prosecutors’ call to arrest Doshi, expelled from the governing Socialists three weeks ago after the claims, and also for Christian Democrat Mark Frroku for false testimony in the case. (AP Photo/Hektor Pustina)

    Lawmaker Tom Doshi speaks to a Parliament’s commission discussing the prosecutors’ request to lift his immunity, Wednesday, March 25, 2015, after his claims Speaker Ilir Meta had been behind an assassination plot. Parliament on Thursday, March 26, 2015 voted in favor of the prosecutors’ call to arrest Doshi, expelled from the governing Socialists three weeks ago after the claims, and also for Christian Democrat Mark Frroku for false testimony in the case. (AP Photo/Hektor Pustina)  (The Associated Press)

  • Christian Democratic lawmaker Mark Frroku speaks at the Parliament’s session before the vote to lift his and another colleague’s immunity, after the latter’s claims Speaker Ilir Meta had been behind an assassination plot in Tirana, Thursday, March 26, 2015. Parliament voted in favor of the prosecutors call to arrest Frroku and Tom Doshi, who was expelled from the governing Socialists three weeks ago after the claims.  (AP Photo/Hektor Pustina)

    Christian Democratic lawmaker Mark Frroku speaks at the Parliament’s session before the vote to lift his and another colleague’s immunity, after the latter’s claims Speaker Ilir Meta had been behind an assassination plot in Tirana, Thursday, March 26, 2015. Parliament voted in favor of the prosecutors call to arrest Frroku and Tom Doshi, who was expelled from the governing Socialists three weeks ago after the claims. (AP Photo/Hektor Pustina)  (The Associated Press)

  • Albania Parliament members vote to lift the immunity of two lawmakers who claimed the Speaker, Ilir Meta, had been behind an assassination plot Tirana, Thursday, March 26, 2015. Parliament voted in favor of the prosecutors’ call to arrest Tom Doshi, expelled from the governing Socialists three weeks ago after the claims, and also for Christian Democrat Mark Frroku for false testimony in the case. (AP Photo/Hektor Pustina)

    Albania Parliament members vote to lift the immunity of two lawmakers who claimed the Speaker, Ilir Meta, had been behind an assassination plot Tirana, Thursday, March 26, 2015. Parliament voted in favor of the prosecutors’ call to arrest Tom Doshi, expelled from the governing Socialists three weeks ago after the claims, and also for Christian Democrat Mark Frroku for false testimony in the case. (AP Photo/Hektor Pustina)  (The Associated Press)

Albanian lawmakers have voted to lift the immunity of two of their colleagues who had claimed the parliament speaker was behind an alleged assassination plot against one of them.

Lawmakers voted 79 to one abstention Thursday to allow the prosecution of Tom Doshi. Doshi was expelled from the governing Socialists three weeks ago after claiming Parliament Speaker Ilir Meta, a former prime minister, had paid 600,000 euros ($656,000) to have him killed.

Immunity from prosecution was also lifted for Christian Democrat Mark Frroku, who Doshi had claimed first told him about the alleged plot. Frroku has denied the allegation.

The two were formally accused of false testimony after a probe found no evidence of an assassination plot. They face up to five years in prison if convicted.