The Tirana Prosecution has decided to extend investigations into the opposition leader Lulzim Basha, former MP Arben Ristani and the Democratic Party financier Ilir Dervishi by three months.

The three Democratic Party officials are under investigation for suspected money laundering and submitting fraudulent forms regarding Russian funding in the United States for the 2017 parliamentary elections.

The reason for prolonging the investigations is the delay in receiving the letter of order from the USA. Lulzim Basha, along with the former Democratic Party secretary general, and Ilir Dervishi, according to the prosecution, are accused of falsifying sources and concealing funding.

The Democratic Party leader is accused of hiding $650,000 funding for the 2017 election campaign.

Tirana Prosecution has also been assisted by the United States of America and the FBI who provided data and information.

Specifically, Basha, Ristani and Dervishi face the aggravated charges of "Laundering the proceeds of crime or money laundering" and "Forgery of stamps or forms", charges that run the risk of up to 10 years in prison.