This question is based on a real case in a country in Eastern Europe. The defendant being accused of running an organized crime group, seems to be intimidating all the court appointed attorneys into not defending him. Meanwhile he also claims he has no funds to pay for an attorney.
At this point the entire list of court-approved attorneys have chosen not to represent this person. Has this situation happened in any other country, and if so, how has it been dealt with?
For context, this case is in Albania. I have a link (in Albanian) to an article here about the case being dragged for 3 years so far because the court-appointed attorneys refuse to represent this person. Also, it looks like in this case, the court will give judgment either way.