Police arrested after speedboat kills 9-year-old British girl in Albania

An off-duty police officer has been arrested on suspicion of ‘negligent homicide’ after a 9-year-old British girl died after being run over by a speedboat on a beach in Albania.

Yonada Abdija, of Barking, east London, was vacationing in her parents’ home country and swam 15 feet off Potami Beach in the Himalayan town on Tuesday, not far from the Greek border. she was attacked She was fatally injured on a speedboat.

The tragedy unfolded in front of hundreds of people on a crowded beach, and pictures were posted on social media of the distraught child’s father, Breder, struggling with the boat driver.

The Albanian police oversight agency, the Police Supervisory Agency (AMP), said the incident resulted in the dismissal of the entire chain of command at the Border and Immigration Service, which is responsible for preventing boating accidents.

Albanian News Agency, top channelsaid that the person in charge of the speedboat was Arjan Tase, an off-duty police officer from the city of Elbasan, who was vacationing in the Himara.

AMP said Tase was arrested for “negligent homicide” after an incident that occurred around 2 p.m. Tuesday.

Moreover Facebook pageAMP said Tase was driving a boat from Porto Palermo to Potami with other members of his family when the incident happened.

Police watchdog says speedboat broke water traffic rules

AMP said in a statement translated from Albanian: [he] A floating car was inserted into the water area designated for vacationers.This body of water is enclosed in a plastic bowl [sic]according to the provisions of the stipulated juristic act [sic] this activity. ”

After dropping relatives off at Potami Beach, Tase “acted carelessly” and returned to the open sea.

The boat then hit the girl behind, killing her instantly.

Police Chief Gledis Nano has fired 15 police officers from the Regional Border and Immigration Department in the nearby city of Vlora and set up a special group including experts in immigration, public security and professional standards to deal with future incidents with vessels. are working to prevent

Himare, a popular beach resort south of Vlore, was home to the Greek ethnic community and the ancient Greek home of Pliny the Elder.

The Avdia family is believed to have moved to England for work, and Jonada was born in London, home to a thriving Albanian and Kosovar community.

Chris Summers


Chris Summers is a UK-based journalist with a wide range of national coverage, with a particular interest in crime, police and law.