Albanian Police Detain Israeli Man With Bugging Device

The 51-year-old man, identified as F.Y., was stopped at the Rinasi International Airport Mother Teresa before leaving the country.

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Albanian police said they detained an Israeli citizen who was found with a suspicious electronic device.

A statement Friday said the Israeli citizen, a 51-year-old man identified as F.Y., was stopped with bugging equipment at the Rinasi International Airport Mother Teresa before leaving the country. 

The Israeli suspect was released after being questioned at the presence of a legal interpreter. His passport was confiscated and he is unable to leave Albania.

The suspect, who holds shares in the Cyprus-based company Faturenet Holding Corp, is related to the Panama Papers, a massive leak of millions of documents that exposed corruption and crime on a global scale. This was the suspect's fourth visit to Albania.

The electronic device was checked by experts to see if it has been used for wiretapping or other illegal actions.