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Albanian journalist arrested for writing against EU diplomat

Albanian police say a journalist has been arrested for making calls for violence against a European Union diplomat.

Kastriot Myftaraj, 51, also a lawyer politically affiliated with the center-right opposition, wrote on Facebook against Romana Vlahutin, EU ambassador to Tirana, considering her a "terrorist."

A statement Wednesday said Myftaraj was arrested the previous night "after publishing an article where he makes open calls to commit violent acts against constitutional order."

A local online media site, www.syri.net republished Myftaraj's story, writing that "any Albanian citizen loving his country may kill Romana and that would be an anti-terrorist act, not a terrorist one."

Myftaraj faces up to three years in jail.