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