Church, clerics and ecclesiastical property are obviously considered the highest values that should be protected at all costs, and by all means. Blasphemy in all its forms has been considered a capital crime in the pre-modern societies. Under this aspect, Albanian customary law is explicit and even more categorical: not only irreverence for God, but offences against clergy might deserve exemplary punishments. In order of severity, these include Murder, Forced displacement from the territorial division of the entire family, whose member has committed the felony, Prohibiting the felon and its family to cultivate the land, with extension of the punishing to cutting down of all trees under their property, Fines through confiscating domesticated cattle, Fines in monetary currency. Crime against clergy or clergymen was universally condemned and duly castigated. Most important, the customary law describes the forms of carrying out a popular verdict, especially when the community of a territorial division has condemned someone to death, following the felony.
Last date updated on June, 2014