Lawyer’s fight for Al­ba­nia jail char­ity worker

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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

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