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A Brit dad whose seven-year-old daughter was killed by a speedboat fought the police officer allegedly responsible.
Bledar Avdia said he was the one who should have died following the harrowing incident at Potam Beach, Albania – not his little girl Jonada Avdia.
Bledar is believed to have confronted the speedboat driver, thought to be Albanian police commissioner Arjan Tase, when the cop parked his boat on the shore after the fatal collision. Photos shared by Albania’s former prime minister Sali Berisha show the brawl.
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The seven-year-old was playing in a part of the ocean dedicated to swimmers when a boat drove through the ‘safe’ area – fatally hitting her.
Jonada was holidaying with her parents in Potam beach, in the south of Albania, when the tragedy occurred at around 2pm.
Jonada lived with her parents in Barking, east London. Father Bledar, who saw the horrifying incident take place, said previously: "I should have died and not Jonada."
Tase, an officer in the city of Elbasan, has since been arrested and was said to have been making a five-mile journey to Potam from Porto Palermo with members of his own family on board.
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Witnesses say he dropped his family off and then put the boat back in the water where he began to pull some “dangerous manoeuvres”.
He allegedly drove the boat into the clearly marked-off area, which had buoys around it to show the space dedicated to swimmers. Jonada is understood to have been 15ft out from the shore when she was killed.
A spokesperson for the police said that the spinning propellers, which made contact with Jonada, “caused serious injuries that led to immediate loss of life”.
Following his arrest, Tase is being investigated on suspicion of negligent homicide. He was expected to appear in court in Vlora on Thursday.
The horrific death has struck a note of fury with citizens in Albania, with protestors since clashing with police in the capital Tirana.
Meanwhile, flowers have been placed at the beach and outside of the Prime Minister’s office.
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Jonada’s death is the third in a series of similar incidents in the country in the summer of 2022 alone.
A couple were injured by a speedboat on Jale beach in July and a two-year-old was hurt two days later.
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