The institution that claimed to do justice for Albanians, and that would investigate the corruption of these 30 years, seems to have become a “lawyer” of political corruption. It is about the Special Anti-Corruption Structure, SPAK, an institution supported step by step by the American Embassy.
But since its inception and until now, there have been no results expected. The Serious Crimes Prosecution has been more effective than SPAK, extending its investigations to the government. Arben Kraja, who runs this institution has failed. And not because we say this,
but because the results say so.
Before taking office, he talked about the failures of the Prosecution, but at the head of the SPAK, he has maintained the same line of failures. “We have failed to punish high-level corruption or organized crime. The situation is worrying. We are legally protected, we need the correct implementation of the law in practice. The independence of prosecutors will guarantee the success of this institution“- said Kraja in the High Council of the Prosecution, at the time he was running for prosecutor of SPAK.
But what did he do after becoming part of this structure? What corrupt government affair
has it investigated? So far no government official has been investigated. So he and his prosecutors didn’t even do what they once did at the Serious Crimes Prosecution.
From its inception until now, the SPAK is remembered for investigations into persons who had died or for investigations suspected of having political motives, such as the case of Judge Mimoza Margjekaj. Arben Kraja can deny these facts, but the reality is known and seen by every Albanian.
Almost every day the media report on government corruption, the involvement of senior officials in criminal acts, but the SPAK remain silent. Investigations are carried out by journalists and the media, while SPAK, which is paid with citizens’taxes as much as it doesn’t deserve, is silent.
Silent remain Arben Kraja, who started his work at the head of SPAK, with the investigation of the dead people, thus becoming the object of ridicule throughout the public opinion. We recall that SPAK boasted that it investigated the electoral crimes of 2017, for the famous file “339”.
The subject of investigation were also two deceased commissioners, Kasëm Lala and Besim Bregu. For both of these commissioners, SPAK had issued an arrest warrant, claiming that they allowed other persons to vote on behalf of Albanian emigrants living abroad.
But the two commissioners in question had passed away 2 years ago. Kasëm Lala, SP commissioner and Besim Bregu, PD commissioner served their parties in the 2017 parliamentary elections in Durrës. It would be good for the SPAK to investigate those who are alive, and who have committed criminal offenses that are within their competence.
Or to launch an investigation on government corruption. But it is suspected that Kraja and his subordinates have been put in the service of politics, thus extinguishing any hope for justice, and empowering organized governmental and state crime and attacking the weak, as justice has historically done in Albania./CNA .al