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Public letter to US Ambassador Yuri Kim/ Why is SPAK afraid of Klodian Zoto or Ben Blushi?

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Public letter to US Ambassador Yuri Kim/ Why is SPAK afraid of Klodian Zoto or Ben Blushi?

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Dear Ambassador, we are addressing you with a public letter because for a long time, for almost three months, the editorial office of CNA.al, a modest news agency, established almost six years ago, with a staff of old journalists professionals, but also young people, in cooperation with some foreign colleagues, has made several investigations regarding politicians, government officials and companies, which have benefited money from the concessions of the Albanian government.

Given that in these affairs are involved the government, the Municipality of Tirana, the oligarchs, the media, and the judiciary, we saw fit to address you, because SPAK seems to have taken over “the cover” of corruption. But why are we addressing you publicly with this letter?

Reforma në drejtësi

We are write this letter for you, as the US and the EU, your taxpayers and Albania’s beloved partners, are the ones who have been investing for years, not only with human capacity, with their expertise, but also with a million euros to undertake a Justice Reform in Albania.

A reform, which was said to put in place the truth and the right of everything that had happened in these 30 years in Albania, accusations and other things like this. The institution of hope was also built, as it was called SPAK. The National Bureau of Investigation is also expected, and the Special Court is almost ready.

Property in Korça

We wrote you this letter to ask a question:What has SPAK done in these five months? Perhaps your institution and other international partners, have their moral right to hold this institution accountable. And to say whether he is right, true, or has failed in his mission. Because, in five months we are not seeing anything.

We have brought with concrete facts and documents the wealth of a politician, who today is the director of a television, we showed how his daughter has benefited a wealth of 500 million lek, signing a contract for only 30 thousand euros.

There are dozens of such cases of wealth hidden by the politicians. These are the most scandalous cases of hiding assets in Albania, where a businessman is suddenly so generous to give a politician a property worth 500 million lek, for only 30 thousand euros.

Further, we spoke about companies that were built in Bulgaria, and then came to Albania with millions of euros, bought in partnership with the owners of Top Channel, the main brands of the country. Television is the same one accused by some businessmen of fines, and for that the embassy has spoken before.

But what further result in our investigation, in the writings that you will see below, but that we will bring you day by day in English, just for you to read. We investigated the concession of incinerators, which turns out to be in the hands of two or three people, who turn out to be Klodian Zoto, Mirel Mërtiri. They are the same partners as the wife of the politician we mentioned above, who bought a 500 million lek fortune “for a piece of bread”.

And then there are the same characters who have received incinerators in Elbasan, Fier, and Tirana. Concessions with a cost of several hundred million euros. With ghost companies in the Netherlands, whose name is changed. And in co-management with companies that have Russian directors.

And after we write and investigate, nobody reacts. Neither the SPAK, nor the prosecution. No one investigates, everyone pretends not to have eyes to see, as if they have no ears to hear, and as if they have no mouth to speak. Not to mention media censorship and the money that are paid for propaganda, or to attack us and our colleagues.

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Therefore, dear Ambassador, we have written to you publicly, and from Today, we will also publish in English, the entire investigation of the incinerators. Where you will look with concrete facts and documents, how a company was created out of nowhere in 2016, and after a year came to Tirana and signed a concession of 128 million euros.

And all this was done quickly, to put the landfill of Tirana inside the network, as two incinerators had been taken before. That of Fier and Elbasan. The Albanian government has given these companies 62 million dollars, of which only the incinerator of Elbasan has started work, while the rest is all a scheme, where someone who has no money, comes to Albania, signs a concession contract, puts it as a burden on the bank, takes a loans and starts investing with Albanian taxes. Chain company in off shore shells. Where are required to be deleted traces and taxes.

Former Serious Crimes Prosecution, today SPAK

But these must be investigated by professional institutions. We have brought our facts and arguments, with exclusive and indisputable documents, for which the SPAK has not yet begun to investigate. Although he is aware.

We can also give you the facts, and arguments, that this institution has been notified, and has become aware of these investigations, and the share of the wealth of these politicians that we mentioned above, but is not moving. It is not opening an investigation file. Now we have a public question.

Can taxpayers in the United States and the European Union pay millions of euros, and SPAK be silent? The reform has been done to have justice. How can wasted so much human energy, experts, money and investment in infrastructure to make a Justice Reform, and in the end come out a SPAK, who is afraid to investigate Klodian Zoto, Mirel Mërtiri, Ben Blushi, Erion Veliaj, and anyone with names and surnames, politicians or businessmen involved in corrupt affairs with the government.

                     Klodian Zoto

Be they those in power or even the opposition where a “spoonful of rotten soup”, seems to have blocked the mouth of the latter. But let’s hope that this spoon has not been eaten by SPAK, which has closed its mouth, and does not investigate or take any steps for the scandals published in the Albanian media.

And if the media lies, let the justice institutions come out and say that the investigation has been carried out, that all this is a slander, and let media take the responsibility for this defamation.

But, if the media has told the truth and brought concrete facts, the responsible persons should be brought to justice. Thank you for your time, and we wish that you and the institution you represent in Albania, intervene with all diplomatic authorities to provide a once and for all solution to the problem of closed ears and eyes of the Albanian justice./ CNA.al

The official link of the article is this:  

Letër publike, ambasadores së SHBA, Yuri Kim/ Pse ka frikë SPAK, nga Klodian Zoto apo Ben Blushi?

Below you will find the investigation links from CNA.al translated in English: 

Exclusive document/ Klodi’s partnership of incinerators with Ben Blushi revealed

Scandal/ Full scheme unveiled: How incinerator owners, pay Top Channel shareholders

Scandal-From media owners, to offshore companies/ Complete incinerator concession scheme, names included

Exclusive documents-Scandal with the tender of the incinerator/ Winning company, without any business activity, procedural violations

Exclusive documents -Scandal with Fier Incinerator/ How tens of millions of euros, were extorted from Albanian taxes

Scandal/ Government give 50 million euros to companies without any money

Exclusive documents/ Klodi of incinerators and Ben Blushi, buy “Lori Coffee” company

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Why should be arrested Edmond Haxhinasto / He changed the project 21 times, with a cost of $ 145 million

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Pse duhet arrestuar Edmond Haxhinasto/ Ndryshoi projektin 21 herë, kostoja 145 milion dollarë

In recent days, a scandal has erupted regarding the financing of the Tirana-Elbasan road, which has had three segments. The first of which has been Sauk-Tunel, and the third segment, Tunnel-Elbasan.

CNA.al has been able to provide official data from the General Directorate of Roads. The data show that from 2013 onwards, during the time when the ministry was headed by Edmond Haxhinasto, 21 changes were made to the project.

According to official data, it turns out that the construction contracts are of the FIDIC type and in principle unchanged, after they were tendered and this contract was signed. For the first segment of the Tirana-Elbasan road, 14 changes have been made.

Rruga Tiranë-Elbasan

As for the third segment, seven changes have been made, thus increasing the cost of road construction to a value of 80 million euros, or about 95 million dollars. They have been these changes that subsequently led to disputes and enabling the”Aktor” company to go to arbitration and win a sum of 44 million euros.

So, about 80 million euros additional costs after 21 changes, mainly proposed by the “Actor” company, and all after the coming to power of the Renaissance, and Minister of Transport Edmond Haxhinasto.

Road costs, official data

The Tirana-Elbasan road, according to official data provided by National Road Authority, has cost about 450 million dollars. Of which about 14 million dollars, or 12 million euros, has been the value of one kilometer, for 29 kilometers of total road of this project, from Tirana to Elbasan.

The tunnel has cost about $ 105 million. The first segment of the road, the Sauk Tunnel, cost about $ 220 million for 12 kilometers. We emphasize that this segment has not yet been taken over by the Albanian government. And the value of one kilometer in this segment goes to nearly $ 17.2 million.



The third segment, the Tunnel-Elbasan, cost about 125 million dollars, for a length of 11.5 km. At a cost of about $ 11 million per kilometer. So the first lot still undelivered, had a value almost 50 percent more expensive than the third segment.

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These costs came after the changes in the project, requested by the “Aktor” company and approved, noting that it is the latter that is responsible for these changes. But, in fact it is the Albanian government which has paid about 80 million euros, or about 95 million dollars. Revenue costs due to changes in the project.

So, as we pointed out above, and from official data, it turns out that the total value of the road is $ 450 million. The first segment worth nearly $ 220 million, and the third lot nearly $ 125 million, given the fact that the tunnel also cost about $ 104.6 million.

The average value per kilometer along the entire length is about 14 million dollars, or about 12 million euros. But, there is a very big difference, between the first lot and the third lot. Where the first lot has cost about 50 percent more expensive than the third.

Facts and arguments

These are all facts with concrete figures for each lot, for the damage caused for each lot and total cost. With 21 changes in the project, with certain points of the amendments which have also left space for the “Aktor” company beyond around 80 million euros, or 95 million dollars additions due to changes in the contract, add at least another 44 million euros fine by the Arbitration.

So, it is not the declared amount of 130 million dollars, as an addition to the total cost together with the Arbitration fine, but it goes around 145 million dollars in total. And here everything has to do with the first and third segment of the road.

So, 145 million dollars are the additions and fines after the changes in the contract due to these two road segments, excluding the tunnel, which has cost about 105 million dollars, and is not included at all in this data./ CNA.al

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The scandal with the 100 million car/ Sander Lleshaj cannot put in his pocket the luxurious BMW

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The scandal with the 100 million car/ Sander Lleshaj cannot put in his pocket the luxurious BMW

About two weeks ago, CNA.al reported on a scandal involving Interior Minister Sander Lleshaj. It is about the purchase of a luxurious car by the State Police, for the Contact Officer at the Albanian Embassy in Berlin. But then the vehicle was brought to Albania, and is in use by Minister Sander Lleshaj.

As can be seen from the photos below, the vehicle with German license plates was initially parked at the General Directorate of Police.

 

Albanian license plates were then placed on the vehicle, and it was sent to the Ministry of Interior.

Also, a few days ago, CNA.al published photos of Sander Lleshaj in Korça, where of course stood out the luxurious vehicle.

Also, in the parliamentary session on Monday, Sander Lleshaj left the deputies with “open mouth”, after appearing before the Assembly with the 100 million BMW.



But, beyond all these, CNA.al has further investigated, regarding the scandal in question. From the investigation we have learned that the vehicle used by Sander Lleshaj is not registered in any of the Vehicle Insurance Agencies.
Also, CNA.al revealed that the vehicle in question has fake license plates. We remind that there have been fierce debates about the purchase of this tool. The Albanian Embassy in Berlin and the Foreign Ministry have opposed the purchase of the vehicle.

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Also, former deputy director of the State Police, Aida Hajnaj, which is actually at the top of National Bureau of Investigation, has hotly debated and contested acquisition of the vehicle. But the scandal lies in some details as well. The huge amount of money that was used to buy it during the pandemic is one of the issues that makes you scream.

When in Albania there are no respirators, when the situation in hospitals is catastrophic, when the economic crisis is plaguing the country, after the tragic earthquake of November 26 and the Covid-19 pandemic, instead of spending money on respirators or fixing houses, Sander Lleshaj orders the State Police to buy him a car worth 100 million Lek.
With that much money, dozens of respirators could be bought for hospitals, and could be reconstructed some houses damaged by the earthquake. While Lleshaj gets a luxury car, with German license plates, which circulates without insurance and with fake license plates, just because the Minister of Interior is looking for luxury. The car he had been not enough for him, and he wants another car./CNA.al

Skandali me makinën 100 milionëshe/ Sandër Lleshaj nuk e fut dot në xhep BMW-në luksoze

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ONE TELECOMMUNICATIONS IS OFFICIALLY INTRODUCED

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Telekom Albania is now ONE Telecommunications and a new era starts for the first mobile operator in the country! The significant change was announced by its shareholders and the advantages are immediately tangible.

Elvin Guri, the major shareholder of ONE Telecommunications, stated that his connection with the Albanian economy now becomes stronger than ever. “It is an honor for me as an investor to give back to my country. ONE Telecommunications will become the company of all Albanians”.

The new brand comes with new values which are easy to understand and follow. Honesty and transparency that translates in integrity will drive every relation with the company, competence in everyday work, products and services built with deep understanding of customer needs, friendliness along the way to success are all solid foundations for ONE and its employees to become the preferred operator and the best working place in the country.

Belinda Balluku, Minister of Infrastructure and Energy was a guest at the event and she stated that: “Each successgul step of your company, whicih has already showed itself that knows how to be succsesful, is a benefit for all the country.” Aditionally, she emphasised the importance of communication that this difficult year confirmed once more: “This is the most struggling year for each one. This year highlighted that communication through internet was the most important thing that kept things going and Albania needs your contribution in this direction because internet is the future.”

Emil Georgakiev, CEO of ONE Telecommunications, mentioned an investment of 92 million Euro in network infrastructure and information technology that will enable the customers of the company to achieve top data speeds of up to 1 Gbps and enjoy an indoor coverage of up to 7 times better than now. He emphasized that: “ONE will demonstrate a new approach to market and a new way of doing things. Customers satisfaction is our top priority. We are confident that making things better every day for customers will make us the number ONE operator in Albania”.



What is more important, the network is being upgraded with the newest technology from Ericsson, built to offer the safest communications possible. Its security standards have already earned ONE Telecommunications the status of a clean telco in the Clean Path initiative of the US Department of State. It is the first operator in the country and the region to achieve this milestone.

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And on the day that ONE Telecommunications is offcially announced, its technical experts confirm that a downlink speed of 1.2 Gpbs has just been recorded in a real-life environment. In front of the “Arena Kombetare” in Tirana, during the morning hours, a technician used a Samsung Galaxy Note 9 for a speed test. This unprecedented result with 4G+ in Albania, comes from the aggregation of three frequency bands, simultaneous communication in four channels between the base station and the handsets, and a signal modulation of 256 QAM. Soon, the same experience will be widely available to clients all over the country.

Young people and professionals may choose among the new prepaid Unlimited plans, using the full potential of the 4G+ evolution, including unlimited airtime with some of the categories. Postpaid clients can become part of any ONE tariff plan and enjoy the biggest benefits in the market, including unlimited internet for all of them! And for the first time in the market, ONE clients can pick a handset in the shop and pay for it every month, with their tariff plan. Anyone is invited to choose from a wide range of handsets that now become more affordable.

People can visit the ONE shops, and their smiling staff will advise customers on communication solutions that can be specially tailored for them. These shops are remodelled to provide a better customer service making them a user-friendly space and a point of reference for everything related to communicatoin. As the slogan of the company says, ONE Telecommunications promises to become Better Every Day for all Albanians.

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