Lawyer’s fight for Albania jail charity worker
innocent but that has been rejected.”
A parole hearing was due for last month with Brown, his solicitor and the judge all present in court – only for an interpreter to fail to turn up.
The Sunday Mail revealed last year how his accusers – now 19 and 23 – want to change their evidence.
They claim pol ice and a psychologist forced them into lying about Brown.
Andon Qoshli, 23, said Brown is innocent, while Denis Aliu, 19, said he was given gifts to testify.
The pair were prepared to give fresh evidence but a court in Tirana last year rejected the bid.
Judge Arben Micko said: “Such evidence can be taken only during the investigation.”
Brown, of Edinburgh, worked with children for 35 years in Scotland and was a Children’s Panel chairman.
He f lew to Albania in 2000 to help refugees f leeing neighbouring war-torn Kosovo, before set ting up the His Children orphanage for street orphans.
Ten boys, aged between four and 13, told police they had been sexually abused by one or more of three Britons at the orphanage in 2006.
In some cases, the children claimed to have been bound to a balcony, gagged and raped.
Brown’s former colleagues, ex-nurse Dino Christodoulou, 52, a convicted paedophile in the UK, and Robin Arnold, 63, received sentences of 20 years and 15 years respectively.
Both were transferred to Engl ish jai ls to serve their sentences. Brown, who has always maintained his innocence, was sentenced to 20 years but has remained in Albania to fight to clear his name.
LAWYER Gjystina Golloshi