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Albania kills Greek spy story

TIRANA (Reuters) – Albania’s secret service said yesterday the second wife of Socialist Prime Minister Fatos Nano was not a Greek spy. Nano asked the secret service in October 2002 to carry out an investigation following allegations by a member of Parliament that Xhoana Nano was spying for Athens. «There is no information, fact or tip about the media accusations against Mrs Xhoana Nano,» the State Information Service (SIS) said following its probe. «Any other comment about these accusations that is not in conformity with the official position… is speculation,» the SIS said in a statement. Nano, 53, married Xhoana in 2001 after divorcing his wife of more than 20 years, Rexhina. Xhoana, 31, lived and worked in Greece for several years. The secret service issued its statement as Nano and his ruling Socialists considered whether to lift the parliamentary immunity of lawmaker and publisher Nikolle Lesi, who made the allegations.