Former Prime Minister Sali Berisha, his son-in-law Jamarbër Malltezi, former Minister of
Defense Arben Imami and other officials during the “Berisha” government, have been
criminally reported to SPAK, for the privatization of state property of the former Partizani
Club, an area of about 10.000 m2, in the center of Tirana, where today have been built 17
towers. The report was filed by the chairman of the socialist parliamentary group, Taulant Balla, who
accuses former senior officials of abuse of office, illegal influence, forgery of documents,
laundering of proceeds of crime and corruption.
First, it seems that this lawsuit is a lie, and there are many untruths. The beneficiary person with the same procedure, but in another property, is the deputy of SP Xhemal Qefalia. And the property in question is one of dozens of properties that have been rightfully reclaimed by the former owners. Why Taulant Balla doesn’t take Xhemail Qefalia’s property to SPAK?
On the other hand, it is claimed that this property should not be privatized by giving it to the former owners, as
they were expropriated in 1940 by the Italians. But there is another fact.
The former owners have a court order and a Property Restitution Commission decision.
Institutions implement the law, court decisions, decisions of the Property Commission. It is the court, and not the Ministry of Defense or the Ministry of Economy, what solves the
big question. The owners have gone to court, acquired ownership, and sought pre-emption
rights to the property.
Therefore, the whole scheme set up by Taulant Balla, seems to be a ridiculous decision
against the justice system, it is against the owners and against the socialist deputies. In case
there is corruption in the court decision, then this should be investigated by the judge. The
issue can be resolved through legal means.
It can not be solved by any of the ministers of Edi Rama, as they are obliged to implement the
law. So for the objects that are put up for sale, priority is given to the former landowners.
This is what happened, nothing more. And what did Taulant Balla and the boys of the
Renaissance bring to SPAK?
Nothing, they are doing a show, they are making fun of justice institutions, such as SPAK,
because they are turning it into a rag to wipe away cement, and not a real justice institution.
The facts show that everything that is claimed is a lie.
If Balla is really worried about the Ministry of Defense, let take Mimi Kodheli to SPAK, who
turned off the radars, favoring drug trafficking, as Saimir Tahiri himself admitted. Although
the minister who signed the privatization, Gazmend Oketa once had an ally.
The former owners took the land, paid the money, and bought the building that was built on
their land. As we mentioned above, if there are forgeries, let them investigate the prosecution
structures, and find out whether it was sold or not, and who forged the documents of the
owners, or if the judge was corrupted.
But it is wrong to accuse the state institutions, that in this case have applied only the law, so
they have recognized the right of pre-emption to the owners. The law states that the right of
pre-emption belongs to the former owners, who are recognized through the decision of the
court and the Property Commission.
If there is corruption in the entire property recognition procedure, then it is the prosecution
that solves it. So it investigates how this property was acquired, even those of the SP deputy
Xhemal Qefalia. If Xhemal Qefalia and other co-owners have falsified the property decision,
they should be held responsible and go to jail./CNA.al.
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